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Book chapter

A Historical Overview of Akkadian Morphosyntax

P. 228-365.
Arkhipov I., Kalinin M., Loesov S.

For the purposes of the present chapter, morphosyntax is an inquiry into the meanings of inflectional verb forms. Another, more transparent, label for this field of study is grammatical (i.e., morphological) semantics. In this overview, we deal only with the verbal morphosyntax.

Our overview embraces four Akkadian idioms: Sargonic and three Babylonian varieties: OB, MB, NB. Their descriptions are corpus-based, which means we have parsed a certain corpus as a witness for each of the varieties. The data resulting from our parsing constitute the factual ground and justification of the claims made in our description.

Our overview is divided thematically into four parts: Tense, Voice (Passivization), Verbal Plurality, Modality. Within each part, we produce a morphosyntactic description for each of the four Akkadian varieties, because each of the four amounts to us to a language in its own right.