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modal /-na(n)-/ in slot 1, verbal chain
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Author:  ulshoefer [ 05 Feb 2008, 14:42 ]
Post subject:  modal /-na(n)-/ in slot 1, verbal chain


In his overview at Streck "Sprachen des Alten Orients" about Sumerian, Gabor Zólyomi claims (p. 34) the existence of a double-useable na(n)-Prefix in slot 1, wich in my handout to class I put thus:

na(n)-: hamt­u: negativer Affirmativ, epistemisch negativ
“ist nicht möglich, dass”, “sicher nicht”
marû: Prohibitiv, negativer Wunsch/Befehl, deontisch schwach
negativ:“sollte nicht getan werden”, “soll nicht”

He also claims on the same page a epistemic /na-/, being different from /na(n-).

According to the grammars of Falkenstein (which I do not have at hand right this moment, being in the office), Thomsen (p. 194 - 199) and Edzard (p. 118 - 120), I cannot find a /na(n)-/ + hamtu as being *negative* affirmativ.
The /na-/ + hamtu I know, is positive affirmative (Thomsen p. 195, 196; Edzard p. 119).

Does anyone know examples for Zólyomi´s idea? Or does anyone have Zólyomi´s e-mail, so I could ask him directly?

Thanks a lot,

Andrea M. Ulshoefer
Ev.-Theol. Seminar, Univ. Bonn
Am Hof 1
D-53113 Bonn

Author:  batanos [ 14 Mar 2008, 19:00 ]
Post subject:  Re: modal /-na(n)-/ in slot 1, verbal chain

Professor Zólyomi's email-address is: gzolyomi at ludens dot elte dot hu

Author:  gonzalo_rubio [ 18 Mar 2008, 06:11 ]
Post subject:  Re: modal /-na(n)-/ in slot 1, verbal chain

You may want to check:

* M. Civil. "Modal prefixes." _ASJ_ 22 (2000): 29-42.

* G. Rubio. "Sumerian morphology." In _Morphologies of Asia and Africa_, ed. A.S. Kaye (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2007), pp. 1327-1379 (esp. 1342-43).

Gonzalo Rubio
Dept. of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies &
Dept. of History and Religious Studies
108 Weaver Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

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