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Case in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction

Rebecca Hasselbach


This book investigates the case system and the marking of grammatical roles and relations in Semitic languages. It further attempts to provide an explanation for “unusual” usages of cases, especially the accusative, that seem to violate the traditional interpretation of Semitic as exhibiting nominative/accusative alignment from a diachronic perspective. The basic methodologies applied for the diachronic reconstruction are those of historical and comparative linguistics. These methodologies, however, face severe limitations based on the lack of sufficient data for the earliest historically atte ... More

Keywords: Case, grammatical roles, grammatical relations, alignment, head- and dependent-marking, typology, comparative method, language reconstruction, Semitic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Hasselbach, author
Assistant Professor of Comparative Semitics, University of Chicago