July 1, 2014

The dissertation of Humphrey Hill Hardy II entitled Diachronic Development in Biblical Hebrew Prepositions: A Case Study in Grammaticalization is now available online through the Dissertations page of the Research Archives. The study was completed in June 2014 for the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. It "provides an assessment of the structural and functional variation evidenced in BH prepositions that is unified around a single linguistic change, grammaticalization, which results in a new grammatical function. This approach provides a novel understanding of the emergence of this linguistic subsystem, contributing a detailed accounting of the variation evidenced by the usages of BH prepositions.  Furthermore, it demonstrates the value of integrating diachronic linguistics and traditional philological approaches in the investigation of grammar providing for an exhaustive language-internal description of prepositions."