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Bipartite Nominal Clauses

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According to the nature of the subject and the relative order of the clause constituents, four types of bipartite Nominal Clauses (NCs) can be distinguished. Ellipsis is extremely rare with the first and second persons. It is frequent with participles, which indicates their verbalization. Most examples of bipartite NCs occur in statements expressing a general truth. Bipartite clauses are well attested in Syr. Each of the four types discussed in this chapter occurs frequently. There are some syntactic contexts that account for the omission of the subject pronoun. Thus if the Pr is a participial, the verbalization of the participial accounts for the omission of the subject pronoun of the 3rd person. This chapter suggests that the large number of the exceptions to the pattern Pr-Supron may reflect an early phase of the Syriac language or the influence of the Hebrew source text.

Keywords: bipartite Nominal Clauses (NCs); Hebrew; Pr-Supron; syntactic contexts; Syriac language



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