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On Ancient Grammars of Space

Linguistic Research on the Expression of Spatial Relations and Motion in Ancient Languages

Ed. by Kutscher, Silvia / Werning, Daniel A.

Series:Topoi – Berlin Studies of the Ancient World/Topoi – Berliner Studien der Alten Welt 19

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    Publication Date:
    December 2013
    Copyright year:
    2014
    ISBN
    978-3-11-031135-8
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    Aims and Scope

    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.

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    xxviii, 327 pages
    Language:
    English, German
    Type of Publication:
    Collection
    Keyword(s):
    Linguistics of space; adpositions; case; motion verbs

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    S. Kutscher, Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS), Mannheim; D. A. Werning, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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