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Languages of the World. The Semitic Languages. Akkadian. Northwest Semitic Languages of the World. The Semitic Languages. Akkadian. Northwest Semitic

Languages of the World. The Semitic Languages. Akkadian. Northwest Semitic

Editor: Anna Belova, Leonid Kogan, Sergei Loesov, Olga Romanova

Academia

Moskva, 2009, 840 pages

ISBN: 978-5-87444-284-2

This book continues the encyclopedic multi-volume series “Languages of the World”, which is being pre-pared at the Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences. This is the first part of the two-volume set dealing with Semitic languages. It comprises a general survey of the Semitic language family, as well as descrip-tions of individual Semitic languages: Akkadian (with separate articles on Old Assyrian and Sargonic) and the Northwest Semitic languages (Ugaritic, Phoenician, Ancient and Modern Hebrew, Imperial Aramaic, Jewish Pal-estinian Aramaic, Classical Syriac, Classical Mandaic, Neo-Aramaic of Maalula, Turoyo, and Modern Mandaic). Also included are general surveys of Aramaic and Canaanite, as well as a summary description of Modern North-east Aramaic. Each essay follows the typologically oriented template maintained throughout the Languages of the World series. This volume concludes with several appendices: a concise history of Northwest Semitic alphabets (with samples) and a set of maps illustrating the ancient and modern spread of the Semitic languages. This volume is intended to be both a fundamental linguistic study and a reference source. It is addressed to a wide audience of linguists from various fields, historians, cultural anthropologists, teachers and students, and anyone interested in Semitic studies.

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