Iranian Syntax in Classical Armenian: The Armenian Perfect and Other Cases of Pattern Replication

Iranian Syntax in Classical Armenian

The Armenian Perfect and Other Cases of Pattern Replication
 
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ISBN13:9780198851097
ISBN10:019885109X
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:336 pages
Size:240x165x25 mm
Weight:656 g
Language:English
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This book draws on a detailed corpus analysis of fifth-century historiographical texts to explore the influence of the Iranian languages on the syntax of Armenian. Robin Meyer argues that the Armenian periphrastic perfect was created on the model of similar constructions in Parthian via a long period of language contact.

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This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Academic and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.

This book draws on a detailed corpus analysis of fifth-century historiographical texts to explore the influence of the Iranian languages on the syntax of Armenian. While contact between the Iranian languages - particularly Parthian - and Armenian has been a fertile field of research for several decades, its effects on syntax have to date been somewhat neglected. Here, Robin Meyer argues that the Armenian periphrastic perfect construction with its unusual morphosyntactic alignment was created on the model of similar constructions in Parthian, along with a number of other syntagms. Unlike previous accounts, the language contact model presented in this book can explain all the idiosyncrasies of the construction, as well as its diachronic developments. The study also offers new insights into the historical social dynamics between Armenian and Parthian speakers, and suggests that the Parthians, who were the ruling class in the Armenian Kingdom for almost four centuries, eventually abandoned their native language.
Table of Contents:
Introduction
Linguistic evidence for Iranian influence on Armenian
Socio-historical evidence for Iranian influence on Armenian
Morphosyntactic alignment
The syntax of the Armenian perfect: A corpus analysis
Other cases of Iranian-Armenian pattern replication
Parthian-Armenian language contact and its historical context
Conclusions
Appendix: Historical morphology of the Armenian -eal participle