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The Grammar of Perspective: The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice

The Grammar of Perspective: The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice

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By (author) Christopher Woods

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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 244mm x 25mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004148043
  • ISBN 13: 9789004148048
  • Sales rank: 1,959,055

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The so-called Sumerian conjugation prefixes are the most poorly understood and perplexing elements of Sumerian verbal morphology. Approaching the problem from a functional-typological perspective and basing the analysis upon semantics, Professor Woods argues that these elements, in their primary function, constitute a system of grammatical voice, in which the active voice is set against the middle voice.

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Christopher Woods, Ph.D. (2001) in Assyriology, Harvard University, is associate Professor at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. His research interests include Sumerian language and writing, and early Mesopotamian religion, literature, and history.

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The so-called Sumerian conjugation prefixes are the most poorly understood and perplexing elements of Sumerian verbal morphology. Approaching the problem from a functional-typological perspective and basing the analysis upon semantics, Professor Woods argues that these elements, in their primary function, constitute a system of grammatical voice, in which the active voice is set against the middle voice. The latter is represented by heavy and light markers that differ with respect to focus and emphasis. As a system of grammatical voice, the conjugation prefixes provided Sumerian speakers with a linguistic means of altering the perspective from which events may be viewed, giving speakers a series of options for better approximating in language the infinitely graded spectrum of human conceptualization and experience.

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CONTENTS Chapter One Introduction Chapter Two Linguistic Background-Voice and Related Notions Chapter Three mu- Chapter Four imma- Chapter Five ba- Conclusion