Unaccusativity and the double object construction in Sumerian

Justin Johnson

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Sumerian, probably the earliest attested language in human history, has no known cognates. Accordingly, many features of Sumerian grammar are still under discussion. Up to now research has focused primarily on questions of Sumerian phonology and morphology. In this present study the author concentrates on syntactic or pragmatic phenomena, especially on the referential properties of the nominal component of certain so-called compound verbs, the unaccusativity contrast, and the possibility of generic quantification in the double object construction.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherLIT Verlag
Number of pages231
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-50179-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameNeue Beihefte zur Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes


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