The Ancient Languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia
This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.
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3rd masc adjectives adverbial Afro-Asiatic Akkadian Almaqah alphabet Ancient North Arabian Aramaic period attested Biblical Hebrew Canaanite century BC Classical Arabic consonantal construct Dadanitic dialects diphthongs dual emphatic enclitic example feminine plural feminine singular fricative G-stem gemination gender genitive Greek Hadramitic Hasaitic Hismaic Huehnergard imperfect infinitive inflected inscriptions Jewish Babylonian Aramaic JSLih jussive Late Aramaic lengthened linguistic masculine plural masculine singular mater lectionis Minaic morphology Nabataean nominal Northwest Semitic nouns occur ofthe Pardee participle particle passive pattern perfect personal pronouns Phoenician phonemes phonological Pi‘el plural forms predicate prefix-conjugation prefixed preposition pronominal suffixes Proto-Semitic Punic Qatabanic Rabbinic Hebrew radical reconstructed relative clauses relative pronoun represent root consonant Sabaic Safaitic Samaritan Aramaic script Semitic languages short vowels South stative stem sufﬁxes syllable Syriac Taymanitic texts Thamudic third masculine Tiberian transliteration Ugaritic verb verbal vocalization voiceless vowel West Semitic words writing system written