The article begins by examining a type of question-formation that equates to the English ‘can it really be the case that X?’ and presents an analysis of the same. It then moves on to consider a particular usage by Abkhaz of its reflexive construction to build a structure that translates a dynamic passive in languages that have the kind of clearly differentiated diathetical opposition active: passive, which Abkhaz lacks. Consideration of one specific example leads to speculation about what might have caused the long-standing puzzle of the unmotivated presence of the x-agreement-prefix attested in the oldest manuscripts of Georgian (viz. those from the khanmet’i-era ).
Iran and the Caucasus – Brill
Published: Dec 14, 2015
Keywords: Abkhaz; Bible; New Testament; Question-formation; Reflexive; Passive; Old Georgian; khanmet’i
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