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This conclusory chapter presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts in the different chapters of the book. The subjects addressed are at first sight very heterogeneous: Quotations from Syr in early Syriac literature, the question of whether the translator of Syr used a Greek version, the eschatological outlook of Syr, the computer programs that have been used in the analysis of which the present monograph is the result, a new model for the analysis of Syriac phrase patterns with a 'maximum matrix of phrase structure', a discussion of the debate between Muraoka and Goldenberg about the nominal clause in Classical Syriac and an attempt to apply insights from general linguistics regarding text linguistics to a North-West Semitic language. The textual basis for the present study is the text of Syr that appears in the Leiden Peshitta edition.

Keywords: Classical Syriac; Clause Structure; Goldenberg; Muraoka; North-West Semitic language; Syriac literature



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