This monograph provides an extensive syntactic description of the rather well-known but not previously described Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Zakho. The description covers both microsyntax, namely, syntactic relationships within the confines of the sentence: the predicative link, the attributive and completive relationships, and apposition.
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This monograph is the result of a four-year project, featuring an extensive syntactic description of a rather well-known but not previously described dialect, the Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Zakho. The description is based on published material as well as on unpublished linguistic material collected by Professor H. J. Polotsky during the 1940s.
The description covers both microsyntax, namely, syntactic relationships within the confines of the sentence: the predicative link, the attributive and completive relationships, and apposition. The domain of macrosyntax covers both ultra-sentential relationships and describes syntactic units larger than the sentence, such as the narrative and the dialogue, each of which is addressed separately; the narrative is examined for various text linguistic issues—information structure (rhematization, peak marking, expressing surprise, etc.), point of view (presentative constructions, free indirect speech), cohesion, grounding, and other categories, such as tense and aspect. Within the dialogue are treated information structure (topic and focus), the modal system, the tense system and spatial deixis. A short appendix provides the uninitiated reader with information about the morphological system of the dialect so as to enable easier access.