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Verbal semantics and differential object marking in Lycopolitan Coptic
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9101-0743
2018 (English)In: Diachrony of differential argument marking / [ed] Ilja A. Serzant, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Berlin: Language Science Press, 2018, p. 153-182Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to clarify the role of affectedness for the marking of direct objects through an analysis of a corpus of Lycopolitan Coptic texts (4th to 5th centuries AD). Whereas previ- ous research has shown the importance of definiteness for the use of the direct object marker n with the so-called imperfective tenses (present and imperfect), it has proven more diffi- cult to establish why it alternates in the non-imperfective with a zero marker. An attempt is made here to correlate the two different object constructions to Tsunoda’s verb-type hier- archy, which was conceived to capture the degree of affectedness. It appears that the more affected a direct object is, the more likely it is to receive the direct object marker; whenever the object is little affected or unaffected, the zero-marked construction is preferred.

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Berlin: Language Science Press, 2018. p. 153-182
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Studies in Diversity Linguistics, ISSN 2363-5568 ; 19
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156354DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1228253ISBN: 978-3-96110-086-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-96110-085-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156354DiVA, id: diva2:1205251
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The Diachronic Typology of Differential Argument Marking, Konstanz, Germany, April 5-6, 2014
Available from: 2018-05-11 Created: 2018-05-11 Last updated: 2018-05-14Bibliographically approved

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