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Expressing necessity in Sahidic Coptic

Müller, Matthias. (2014) Expressing necessity in Sahidic Coptic. In: On forms and functions : studies in ancient Egyptian grammar. Hamburg, pp. 137-172.

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Abstract

The present paper deals with the syntactic sub-patterns of a Sahidic Coptic syntactic construction that marks necessity. It consists of an initial element haps, followed in the majority of attested cases by a prepositional phrase comprising the preposition e- plus a verbal pattern called the ‘inflected infinitive’ in Coptological linguistics. In a number of cases, a verbal form called the ‘conjunctive’ or even an independent sentence can be found following the initial element. However, a sub-pattern with subject element pe can be contrasted with one lacking this element. Based on the diachronic distribution of the patterns, the author proposes a development from a syntactic loan strategy copying a similar Greek pattern—syntactically ‘ungrammatical’ in Coptic—to a pattern amending this situation by inserting the subject element pe.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Altertumswissenschaften > Ägyptologie (Loprieno)
UniBasel Contributors:Müller, Matthias
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Widmaier Verlag
ISBN:978-3-943955-15-6 ; 3-943955-15-X
Series Name:Lingua aegyptia. Studia monographica
Issue Number:Bd. 15
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
Last Modified:08 May 2015 08:45
Deposited On:08 May 2015 08:45

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