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The introductory chapter provides an overview of the book, which explains the verbal system of the Aramaic of Daniel in the context of grammaticalization phenomena. In particular, it focuses on the morphosyntactic function of the verb. Whereas "morphology" is the study of word formation, e.g., verb conjugation or noun declension, and "syntax" is the study of sentence formation, e.g., word order rules, "morphosyntax" is the study of grammatical categories or linguistic units whose properties are definable by both morphological and syntactical criteria, e.g., tense, aspect, and modality. The book attempts to explain the verbal system of the Aramaic of Daniel in a way that is coherent with the historical development of Aramaic as well as the observable tendencies in the development of human languages in general.

Keywords: Aramaic of Daniel; grammaticalization; verbal system



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