The syntagma of kl 'all' with indeterminate plural nouns in imperial aramaic and western middle aramaic

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Abstract

This article surveys all occurrences of the noun phrase kl 'all' with indeterminate plural nouns in Imperial and Western Middle Aramaic. Taking issue with the assumption that this is an archaic form of the similar determinate construction, the article exemplifies and contrasts their different nuances of meaning. It is suggested that the formal indetermination of the noun phrase marks it as non-specific. As against the construction of kl with indeterminate singular nouns it stresses plurality. The findings have implications for the origin of Imperial Aramaic and for the linguistic dating of Qumran Aramaic texts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-45
Number of pages19
JournalAramaic Studies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Determination
  • Imperial Aramaic
  • Middle Aramaic
  • Qumran Aramaic
  • Syntax

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