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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Compounding in Ancient and Modern Semitic: morpho-syntactic and semantic considerations

Mon, February 14, 2011 • 5:00 PM • Texas Union, Governor's Room (3.116)

Compounding in Ancient and Modern Semitic: morpho-syntactic and semantic considerations
Lutz Edzard, Oslo University

Compounding is considered an innovative feature in the Semitic languages, even though the phenomenon has already been attested in Akkadian. Compound nominals mainly comprise various types of compound proper nouns, as well as various kinds of annexations, attributions, and even appositions, which synchronically function as compounds. Blends and acronyms are also part and parcel of the category compound noun (cf. also the phenomenon known as naḥt in Arabic). In this presentation, I will discuss various such examples with a focus on Hebrew and Ethio-Semitic, taking into consideration both morpho-syntactic and semantic issues.

 

 


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