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This chapter presents an overview of the book, which provides a description of the basic functions of the primary prefixes, mu-, imma-, ba-, and i-, within a coherent theory. In developing this theoretical framework, it takes a functional-typological approach, one that is driven by meaning and that views language as a cognitive phenomenon. One of the tenets of this approach is the centrality of semantics to language and that language, as a symbolic system, serves to give phonological shape to experience and thought. The basic premise of the book is that Sumerian grammar can be fruitfully approached from the perspective of function and meaning.

Keywords:grammar; sumerian conjugation prefix



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