The language of early Christian Neo-Aramaic poetry from northern Iraq (Alqosh and Telkepe, 17th century) has distinctive features that differ from the modern dialects (Coghill, PhD Diss., Cambridge, 2004). In the present paper, I shall examine the verbal system, listing the archaic verbal paradigms, which are attested in the early poetry (e.g., preterites with incorporated 1st- and 2nd- person objects; intransitive preterites with direct verbal endings) and are marginal in the verbal morphology of the modern dialects. On the other hand a number of verbal constructions involving the use of auxiliary verbs and nominal verbal forms (past participle, preposition b- + infinitive) are vital in the modern dialects, but virtually absent in the poetic language of the 17th and 18th centuries).
The contribution of early Christian vernacular poetry from northern Iraq to Neo-Aramaic dialectology: Preliminary remarks on the verbal system / Alessandro Mengozzi. - In: ARAM PERIODICAL. - ISSN 0959-4213. - STAMPA. - 24(2012), pp. 25-40.