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Title: The position of the article dên in New Testament Syriac
Author(s): KUTY, Renaud
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 38    Date: 2001   
Pages: 186-199
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.38.0.1097

Abstract :
The present paper investigates the placement of the Syriac particle dên within the clause in the Peshitta version of the New Testament. The main line of the argumentation is that the placement of dên within the clause (1) is essentially a clause-internal matter and (2) that it is dependent on the surface layer of the clause structure. The internal dynamics of the placement of dên are understood in terms of one basic rule (dên in the second slot of the clause) challenged by (1) various constraints on word-ordering patterns and (2) one phonological parameter.

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