The Semitic Languages [NOOK Book]

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The Semitic Languages presents a unique, comprehensive survey of individual languages or language clusters from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms.
The Semitic family occupies a position of great historical and linguistic significance: the spoken and written languages of the Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs spread throughout Asia and northern and central Africa; the Old Semitic civilizations in turn contributed significantly to European culture; and modern ...
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The Semitic Languages

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Overview

The Semitic Languages presents a unique, comprehensive survey of individual languages or language clusters from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms.
The Semitic family occupies a position of great historical and linguistic significance: the spoken and written languages of the Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs spread throughout Asia and northern and central Africa; the Old Semitic civilizations in turn contributed significantly to European culture; and modern Hebrew, modern literary Arabic, Amharic, and Tigrinya have become their nations' official languages.
The book is divided into three parts and each chapter presents a self-contained article, written by a recognized expert in the field.
* I. General Issues: providing an introduction to the grammatical traditions, subgrouping and writing systems of this language family.
* II. Old Semitic Languages
* III. Modern Semitic Languages
Parts II and III contain structured chapters, which enable the reader to access and compare information easily. These individual descriptions of each language or cluster include phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis and dialects.
Suggestions are made for the most useful sources of further reading and the work is comprehensively indexed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136115882
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Routledge Language Family Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Hetzron is formerly of the Department of Germanic, Oriental and Slavic Languages, University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 Genetic Subgrouping of the Semitic Languages 3
2 Scripts of Semitic Languages 16
3 The Arabic Grammatical Tradition 46
4 The Hebrew Grammatical Tradition 59
5 Akkadian 69
6 Amorite and Eblaite 100
7 Aramaic 114
8 Ugaritic 131
9 Ancient Hebrew 145
10 Phoenician and the Eastern Canaanite Languages 174
11 Classical Arabic 187
12 Sayhadic Epigraphic South Arabian 220
13 Ge'ez Ethiopic 242
14 Arabic Dialects and Maltese 263
15 Modern Hebrew 312
16 The Neo-Aramaic Languages 334
17 The Modern South Arabian Languages 378
18 Tigrinya 424
19 Tigre 446
20 Amharic and Argobba 457
21 Harari 486
22 The Silte Group East Gurage 509
23 Outer South Ethiopic 535
Index 550
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