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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

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Volume 96, Issue 1 (Jul 2006)


The Tense-Aspect System of the Old Babylonian Epic

Eran Cohen
Published Online: 2006-08-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ZA.2006.002


This is an attempt to describe and formulate the tense-aspect system of Epic OB, by providing a consistent key for the occurrences. It is quite apparent that both aspectual and temporal oppositions occur in this language, but they do not co-occur in the same syntactic environments. These environments, called textemes (e.g., dialogue and narrative), feature each a different sub-system; to be able to distinguish between them, each texteme is formally characterized. Then, the sub-system in each of them is examined by opposing the various forms at play, thus extracting the semantic values, or functions, of the various forms, in keeping these oppositions to the very same syntactic environments. The results are that in the narrative texteme (as well as in a sub-texteme called ‘dialogue narrative’) the basic opposition is aspectual, whereas in the dialogue it is temporal.

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Published Online: 2006-08-16

Published in Print: 2006-07-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyrologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ZA.2006.002.

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