Grammaticalisation et transcatégorialité : le verbe qim-le en soureth

  • Roula Skaf CNRS-Lacito


This paper develops a morphosyntactic description of a verb of movement and position having a particular functioning in several varieties of Northeastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA). The verb found par excellence in our corpus is that which comes from the root qym “to rise / to stand up”. It works as well alone as predicate of an utterance, as a so-called “auxiliary” verb in a periphrastic structure. It is semantically characterized by a "concrete" meaning denoting a change in positioning. The basic semantism can be subjected to an abstraction process which allows the verb to combine with any verb in an asyndetic construction. It thus functions as an auxiliary. In addition, the semantic abstraction of this verb tends to grammaticalize it more with a discursive function.


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Author Biography

Roula Skaf, CNRS-Lacito

Roula Skaf received her PhD in linguistics from INaLCO - Sorbonne Paris- Cité University and the University of Turin. A specialist in Semitic and especially Syriac, she is also interested in Neo-Aramaic. She is in now postdoc attached to LACITO-CNRS-UMR 7107 and she collaborates in the translation and editing of texts from Syriac manuscripts at Sources Chrétiennes, CNRS (HiSoMA, UMR 5189). She can be reached at: