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The Origin of the Official Aramaic Quotative Marker l'mr

The Origin of the Official Aramaic Quotative Marker l'mr <jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>In Official Aramaic, l'mr, the old infinitive of the verb √'mr, became the main form capable of introducing direct speech, even when there is another verbum dicendi present. The origin of the pattern has been the subject of several studies and has been assumed to be either an Aramaic innovation or a loan from Biblical Hebrew. An examination of the distribution and syntax of the form shows that it cannot be an Aramaic innovation and is highly unlikely to be borrowed from Hebrew. It is further suggested that the pattern is an Egyptian calque.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

The Origin of the Official Aramaic Quotative Marker l'mr

Aramaic Studies , Volume 7 (1): 27 – Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/147783509X12462819875391
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Abstract

<jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>In Official Aramaic, l'mr, the old infinitive of the verb √'mr, became the main form capable of introducing direct speech, even when there is another verbum dicendi present. The origin of the pattern has been the subject of several studies and has been assumed to be either an Aramaic innovation or a loan from Biblical Hebrew. An examination of the distribution and syntax of the form shows that it cannot be an Aramaic innovation and is highly unlikely to be borrowed from Hebrew. It is further suggested that the pattern is an Egyptian calque.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: BIBLICAL HEBREW; ASSUR OSTRACA; QUOTATIVE MARKERS; DIRECT SPEECH; EGYPTIAN; LANGUAGE CONTACT; HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS; OFFICIAL ARAMAIC; BORROWING

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