Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Transitivity and Aspect in Sahidic Coptic: Studies in the Morphosyntax of Native and Greek-Origin Verbs

Nina Speransky

Transitivity and Aspect in Sahidic Coptic consists of three studies united by the common topic of voice alternations in Sahidic. Having established that the Coptic verbal system is based on split causativity (for the term see Kulikov L.I., “Split causativity: remarks on correlations between transitivity, aspect, and tense”), the work introduces the concept of an aspect-transitivity grid, in which the unmarked infinitival form is ascribed the voice-aspect meaning according to the conjugation pattern it appears in. The work establishes a correlation between the morphosyntactic properties of verbs and their semantic properties, such as lexical aspect and agentivity. Chapter 2 explores the formal and semantic properties of the periphrastic circumstantial construction. Voice marking phenomena in Greek-origin verbs are examined in chapter 3. The results obtained in this study may be further used in language contact research, as well as in general and typological linguistics.

Lingua Aegyptia Studia Monographica 26
Hamburg, published in December 2022
xxiv+218 pages, paperback, 475 g.
ISSN: 0946-8641
ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-943955-26-2
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-943955-91-0
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Editorial & Acknowledgements
Tables, Abbreviations & Quoted sources
1 Transitivity and aspect in native Sahidic verbal system
2 Periphrastic construction <ϣⲱⲡⲉ + circumstantial clause>
3 Greek loan verbs in Coptic: diathesis and grammatical voice marking
Appendix 1. Morphology ~ diathesis correlation in Greek loan verbs
Appendix 2. Non-alternating Greek loan verbs
Index of Greek Verbs, Index of Coptic Greek-origin verbs & Index of Coptic native verbs


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