List of Publications

List of Publications - Guy Deutscher


Syntactic Change in Akkadian. The Evolution of Sentential Complementation. Oxford University Press, 2000 (Paperback 2007).

(The full text of the book can be searched here)

Reviewed in: The Eagle (2001) 60-3. (G. C. HORROCKS), Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 92.1 (2002) 140-5. (M. P. STRECK), Bulletin of SOAS 65.3 (2002) 561-648 (M. J. GELLER), Bibliotheca Orientalis 59.3-4 (2002) 348-51 (N. J. C. KOUWENBERG), Diachronica 19.2 (2002) 405-10. (G. B. GRAGG), Journal of Linguistics 39.1 (2003) 204. (U. SHLONSKY), Journal of Semitic Studies 48.1 (2003)129-30 (L. EDZARD), Journal of the American Oriental Society 122 (2003) 803-7. (E. COHEN), Word 54.2 (2003) 283-5 (A. S. KAYE), SIL Electronic Book Reviews 2003-13 (2003) (U. SEIBERT), General Linguistics 42 (2002/2004) 115-119 (V. BUBENIK)

The Unfolding of Language. William Heinemann (UK), Metropolitan (US), 2005. (A digest of reviews)

Du Jane, ich Goethe: Eine Geschichte der Sprache. C.H. Beck Verlag, München, September 2008.(reviews)

Gilguley Lashon . Xargol & Am-Oved, May 2007.

Through the Language Glass. William Heinemann (UK), Metropolitan (US), 2010.


● The Akkadian Language in its Semitic Context. (Ed. by G. Deutscher and N. J. C. Kouwenberg). Leiden: Netherlands Institute of the Near East (PIHANS 106) (2006).


● ‘Stability against the odds: the survival of verb final word order in Akkadian’, in R. Sornicola, E. Poppe and A. Shisha Halevy (eds.) Stability, Variation and Change of Word-Order Patterns over Time. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2000) 55-69.

● ‘On the mechanisms of morphological change’, in Folia Linguistica Historica 22:1-2 (2001) 41-48.

● ‘The rise and fall of a rogue relative construction’, in Studies in Language 25:3 (2001) 405-422.

● ‘The Akkadian relative clauses in cross-linguistic perspective’, in Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie 92:1 (2002) 86-105.

● (with Eleanor Coghill) ‘The origin of ergativity in Sumerian, and the ‘inversion’ in pronominal agreement: a historical explanation based on Neo-Aramaic parallels’, Orientalia 71:3 (2002) 267-290.

● ‘On the misuse of the notion of abduction in Linguistics’, Journal of Linguistics 38:3 (2002) 468-85.

● 'Akkadian’, in K. Brown (ed.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Second Edition. Elsevier (2005), 140-141.

● ‘Complement clause types and complementation strategies in Akkadian’, in R. M. W. Dixon and A. Y. Aikhenvald (eds) Complement Clauses and Complementation Strategies. Oxford University Press (2006), 159-177.

● ‘‘Overall complexity’ – a wild goose chase?’, in G. Sampson, D. Gil and P. Trudgill (eds) Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable. Oxford University Press (2009), 243-251

● ‘The Semantics of Clause Linking in Akkadian’, , in R. M. W. Dixon and A. Y. Aikhenvald (eds) The Semantics of Clause Linkage. Oxford University Press (2009), 56-73

● ‘Nominalization and the origin of Subordination’, in T. Givón and M. Shibatani, eds. Syntactic Complexity. John Benjamins (2009), 199–214

● ‘The grammaticalization of quotatives’, in B. Heine and H. Narrog (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

● ‘Language Profile: Akkadian’, in C. Genetti (ed) How Language Works. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2010)


● ‘Changing Language: Where there’s a will there’s a want’, The Times (Weekend Review, 30.4.2005)

● ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Clichés’, The New York Times (18. 6. 2005)

● ‘Glückliche Sprachen’, Süddeutsche Zeitung (16. 9. 2008)

'Does your language shape how you think'? The New York Times (26. 8. 2010)