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On Ancient Grammars of Space: Linguistic Research on the Expression of Spatial Relations and Motion in Ancient Languages

Edited by: Silvia Kutscher and Daniel A. Werning
book: On Ancient Grammars of Space

This volume presents new research by the Topoi group "The Conception of Spaces in Language" on the expression of spatial relations in ancient languages. The six articles in this volume discuss static and dynamic aspects of the spatial grammars of Ancient to Medieval Greek, Akkadian, Hittite, and Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian, as well as field data on eight modern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, and Spanish). Among the grams discussed are spatial particles, motion verbs, case and, most prominently, spatial prepositions. All ancient language data are fully explained in linguistic word-by-word glosses and are therefore accessible to scholars who are not themselves experts on the respective languages. Taken together, these contributions extend the scope of research on spatial grammar back to the third millennium BCE.

  • Languages: English, German
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Copyright year: 2014
  • Audience: All those interested in Ancient History and Linguistics.
  • Pages
    • Front matter: 28
    • Main content: 327
  • Keywords: Linguistics of space; adpositions; case; motion verbs
  • Published: December 18, 2013
  • ISBN: 9783110311358
  • Published: December 13, 2013
  • ISBN: 9783110311174


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Silvia Kutscher and Daniel A. Werning
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Glossing abbreviations

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Räumlichkeit in Zentralanatolien

Eine hethitische „Grammar of Space“
Cyril Brosch
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On the encoding of ALLATIVE and RECIPIENT in the Greek diachrony

Thanasis Georgakopoulos
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‘Behind’ and ‘in front’ in Ancient Greek. A case study in orientation asymmetry

Tatiana Nikitina and Marianna Spano
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Fortbewegung ohne Bewegungsverben im Griechischen

Jan Stenger
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Topologische und projektive Relationen in akkadischen Keilschrifttexten

Ulrike Steinert
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The semantic space of static spatial prepositions in Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian

A comparison with nine Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages based on the Topological Relations Picture Series
Daniel A. Werning
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