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Published: 11 August 2016

404 Pages


ISBN: 9780198723806

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The Rise and Fall of Ergativity in Aramaic

Cycles of Alignment Change

Eleanor Coghill

Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics

  • Puts forward a new explanation for diachronic changes in argument alignment
  • Examines the whole cycle of alignment change in a language with an unusually long and rich historical record
  • Based on a broad range of evidence from both ancient Aramaic texts and modern dialectal documentation

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