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By E Lipinski

The 1st comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, by means of H. Zimmern, used to be released 100 years in the past and the final unique paintings of this sort used to be issued in Russian in 1972 via B.M. Grande. the current grammar, designed to return out within the centenary of the of completion of Zimmern's paintings, fills therefore a spot. along with, it's in line with either classical and smooth Semitic languages, it takes new fabric of those final a long time under consideration, and situates the Semitic languages within the wider context of Afro-Asiatic. The advent in brief offers the languages in query. the most elements of the paintings are dedicated to phonology, morphology, and syntax, with complex charts and diagrams. Then follows a dialogue of basic questions on the topic of lexicographical research. The research is supplemented through a thesaurus of linguistic phrases utilized in Semitics, via a selective bibliography, via a normal index, and via an index of phrases and varieties. The booklet is the results of twenty-five years of study and instructing in comparative Semitic grammar.

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D. g. Qohelet, the Chronicles, and Esther. The Dead Sea scrolls have revealed some linguistic features that are parallel also to the particular Samaritan 58 SEMITIC L A N G U A G E S tradition of Hebrew, although Samaritan Hebrew, retained as the lan­ guage of liturgy and revived as literary language from the 14th century on, exhibits innovative elements as well, developed under the influence of Aramaic and of the Arabic vernacular. , but it remained a written language that served for every written purpose and even flourished in poetry and literature.

In this approach, not only geographically different forms of speech may be called "dialects", but also historical stages of the languages considered, as Old Assyrian, Middle Assyrian, and NeoAssyrian that together cover a span of 1500 years. In any case, no exact definition of "language" and "dialect" is feasible, and the "discovery" of a new Semitic language merely expresses the scholars' conviction that a type of speech appears sufficiently distinct from others so as deserve a name of its own.

Akka­ dian" is the most diffused global appellation of these forms of speech; it comes from Akkad or Agade, the capital of the Semitic Empire of Sar­ gon of Agade (ca. 2265-2210, according to a "short" chronology). , on the other, the latter will generally be called "Assyro-Babylon­ ian" in this Outline. Akkadian did use logograms or word signs, but was written mainly in syllabograms that also indicated vowels. However, this script was in several respects imperfect, owing to its Sumerian or PreSumerian and thus non-Semitic origin.

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