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Earlier Egyptian Supplementary Patterns Of Complementation After Verbs And Prepositions

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The system of expressing realis and irrealis modality in Earlier Egyptian affirmative complement clauses after governing verbs and prepositions is founded, first and foremost, on the variation between clauses introduced by the operators and bare forms. One of the few suffix conjugation forms demonstrably formed of almost every verb in the Earlier Egyptian lexicon, is relatively common in complement clauses after verbs and prepositions. Yet, the issue of separating the 'predicative' ('non-nominal') and 'non-predicative' (relative and 'nominal') formally has recently been discussed anew by Wolfgang Schenkel, according to whom these classes are indeed morphologically distinct. Syntactically and syntagmatically, is thus has a character markedly different from ntt/wnt, and the same seems to hold also for its pragmatic profile. Loprieno speaks of its use to "transform 'categorical' into 'thetic' sentence", which, among other things, explains its use in "explanatory clauses representing the object of verbs of perception.

Keywords: complement clauses; Earlier Egyptian supplementary patterns; governing verbs; prepositions



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