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Tripartite Nominal Clauses

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The tripartite Nominal Clause (NC) contains three members, one of which is an enclitic personal pronoun (Ep). As to its syntactic analysis there are basically two views: (1) The tripartite NC is an extension of the bipartite NC by the addition of the pronoun, and (2) The tripartite NC is an extension of a bipartite clause core of the pattern Pr-s. On the basis of two formal criteria, namely the relative order of Su and Pr and the position of the Ep, four basic patterns of NCs can be distinguished. There is some overlap in the functions of bipartite and tripartite NCs. Especially in the case of participles and adjectives. For identification tripartite NCs of the pattern Su-Ep-Pr are employed, but description and contrast can be expressed by both bipartite and tripartite clauses. Fairly often the tripartite NC in Syr corresponds to a bipartite NC in Heb.

Keywords: bipartite nominal clause (NC); enclitic personal pronoun (Ep); syntactic analysis; tripartite nominal clause (NC)



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