Journal Article

Syriac Nominal Sentences

Ada Wertheimer

in Journal of Semitic Studies

Published on behalf of University of Manchester

Volume 47, issue 1, pages 1-21
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0022-4480
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-8556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jss/47.1.1
Syriac Nominal Sentences

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Most Syriac nominal sentences are not simple sentences; rather, they are complex sentences involving extrapositions. This article examines two Syriac nominal sentence patterns — with the copula and without it — and their two respective past forms. There is no clear‐cut regularity which determines the distribution of the two nominal patterns, either in the present or in the past tense, but there are marked tendencies — partly structural, mostly stylistic. The past forms of nominal sentences are verbal sentences because of the verb of existence which, used in them as an auxiliary, expresses the past tense. These past tense sentences may include a copula as well. In such cases they fulfil the basic requirement of Syriac sentence structure (namely, that the predicate must be conjugated for person) twice: once within the copula, and once within the verb of existence.

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Subjects: Middle Eastern History ; Middle Eastern Languages ; Literary Studies - World ; Biblical Studies

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