The Loss of the Infinitive and Its Replacement by the Imperfect in Christian Palestinian Aramaic

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Abstract

Christian Palestinian Aramaic is the only Late Aramaic dialect that lacks an Infinitive. I argue that the loss of the form and the choice of the Imperfect to take over its functions were facilitated by convergence with Arabic, just like in the typologically similar Western Neo-Aramaic. Sedentarization processes of Arabic-speaking pastoralists in the centuries preceding the Muslim conquest and subsequent language shift to Aramaic provide a possible contact-scenario that could account for the Arabic influence.
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationThe IOS Annual
Subtitle of host publicationCarrying a Torch to Distant Mountains
EditorsYoram Cohen, Amir Gilan, Letizia Cerqueglini, Beata Sheyhatovitch
Pages274-310
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9789004499140
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameIsrael Oriental Studies Annual
PublisherBrill
Volume21
ISSN (Print)2772-784X

Keywords

  • Convergence
  • Western Aramaic
  • Aramaic-Arabic Language Contact

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