n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Strategies of Clause Linking in Semitic Languages: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Clause Linking in Semitic Languages, Kivic, Qxeden, 5-7 August 2012, B. Isaksson & M. Persson : book review

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


This volume presents papers exploring some current lacunae in scholarship on the formal and functional features of clause linking in the major Semitic languages and offers several promising avenues for future research. The stated emphasis of the 2012 conference for which these papers were produced was "ways of combining clauses other than through relative clause and compliment clause constructions." Specific areas of interests in the papers include the interaction between, on the one hand, discourse type, main-line, and non-mainline clauses, and on the other hand, various strategies of clause linking, including the use of conjunction, asyndetic linking, and gram-switching. The papers are grouped into sections on Arabic dialects, written Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, Ethio-Semitic, and East Semitic, and each paper helpfully begins with an abstract and most end with a short summary/conclusion section, giving the volume a user-friendly quality.

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