2008. augusztus 27., szerda

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The Grammar of Perspective
The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice
Christopher Woods

Publication year: 2008
Series: Cuneiform Monographs, 32
Number of pages: xxiv, 348 pp. (English)
List price: € 130.00 / US$ 194.00

Ideiktatom a kiadó ajánlóját (a szerző rövid bemutatásával):

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 conceptualizationand experience.

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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