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On the Initial Function and Subsequent Evolution of Some Hurrian Affixes and Constructions

  • Margarit Khachikyan EMAIL logo


The author claims that a) the encoding of the core constituents in the Old Hurrian perfective forms reveals some residual non-ergative (active) features, b) this preergative type of encoding coexisted with the ergative one, c) the mixed active-ergative type of encoding of Old Hurrian was replaced in Late (Mitannian) Hurrian by the typically ergative one, d) the language of the Tižadal-inscription, the earliest known Hurrian text, was not ergative.


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A agent

abs. absolutive

abl. ablative

dat. dative

dir. directive

erg. ergative

ess. essive

gen. genitive

O object

p. person

pl. plural

sg. singular

V verb

Published Online: 2016-11-29
Published in Print: 2016-12-1

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