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Syntactic Change in Akkadian

The Evolution of Sentential Complementation

Guy Deutscher


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Akkadian, an ancient Semitic language spoken in Assyria and Babylonia, is one of the earliest known languages, with a surviving written history from 2500BC to 500BC. Guy Deutscher investigates its development over these two millennia. He shows that changes in the language can be linked to the emergence of complex patterns of communication required by an increasingly sophisticated civilization.

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780198299882, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2001