Chapter 1 gives a brief introduction to the topic of the book, alignment change in Aramaic, and outlines using examples of the main developments which brought about such change. It briefly presents the main proposal of the book, namely that the ergative construction arose out of a construction with dative-marked experiencer, initially restricted to verbs of perception and cognition. It then goes on to summarize the seven other chapters of the book, as a roadmap for the reader.
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