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J. Cale Johnson
Unaccusativity and the double object construction in Sumerian
Reihe: Neue Beihefte zur Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes
Bd. 7, 2010, 240 S., 39.90 EUR, 39.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-50179-0
Sumerian, probably the earliest attested language in human history, has no known cognates. Accordingly, many features of Sumerian grammar are still under discussion. Up to now research has focused primarily on questions of Sumerian phonology and morphology. In the present study the author concentrates on syntactic or pragmatic phenomena, especially on the referential properties of the nominal component of certain so-called compound verbs, the unaccusativity contrast, and the possibility of generic quantification in the double object construction.