Classical Syriac: A Basic Grammar with a Chrestomathy

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
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Classical Syriac is the language of the Syriac speaking churches and was used over a wide area of the Middle East so that a large amount of documents have come down to us. This grammar, designed to replace Brockelmann's "Syrische Grammatik," consists of a descriptive, namely not historical or comparative, grammar of the language with a fairly extensive morphosyntax and syntax, some practical language exercises with key, verb paradigms, a subject index, a bibliography of 25 pages on Syriac studies, an anthology of extensively annotated texts representing various genres of the Syriac literature from various periods in the three Syriac scripts, an accompanying glossary and a list of proper nouns occurring in the anthology. Although the grammar is intended primarily for beginning students of Syriac, it also contains (especially in the morphosyntax and syntax section) results of the author's independent research. In this second edition, obvious errors in the first edition have been corrected, the bibliography has been expanded by six pages, and the presentation has been improved upon.
 

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Contents

WRITING AND PHONOLOGY
1
J aphaeresis of some gutturals
13
K elision of N in sequence C5C
14
N assimilation and metathesis
15
O word stress
16
MORPHOLOGY
17
Pronouns
18
11 Suffixed personal pronouns
19
83 Participle
66
Passive participle
67
rtam katev wa
68
Grammatical concord
72
f Object complement
80
h Complementation by a circumstantial participle
81
Verbs expanded by adverbials or their equivalents
82
general
83

12a Reflexive pronouns
20
Interrogatives
21
State
22
Extra y before the feminine ending
23
Absolute and constructus forms of words with plural masculine emphatic state ending ayyd
24
Grammatical gender and natural sex
26
Formation patterns of nouns and adjectives
27
31 Pattern vZ
28
32 Pattern
30
Patterns with four or more radicals
31
Diminutives
32
Two sets of suffixed pronouns
33
Rules in application
34
Some irregular nouns
35
Numerals
37
b Ordinals
38
c Fractions
39
47 Adverbs
40
49 Six patterns
41
50 Passive
42
Infinitive
43
Triconsonantal regular verb
45
Beghadhkephath and the verb conjugation
46
The e a rule and the verb conjugation
47
61 FirstNun verbs
48
63 FirstYodh verbs
50
64 ThirdYodh verbs
52
SecondWaw or Yodh verbs
53
Geminate verbs
54
Some common anomalous verbs
55
Verbs with object suffix pronouns
56
MORPHOSYNTAX AND SYNTAX
59
Alternative means of expressing determination and indetermination
60
73 Status constructus and periphrasis by means ofi
61
Independent personal pronouns with a finite verb
62
Interrogatives followed by a
63
Prepositions plus t turned conjunctions
64
81 Perfect
65
Four tripartite patterns
84
Structural meaning of the various nominal clause patterns
85
Existence location and Aurr
86
Focusing function of the enclitic am
87
Prolepsis
88
Compound sentence
89
EXERCISES
91
KEY TO EXERCISES
95
PARADIGMS
103
Regular trilateral verbs
104
H ThirdYodh verbs
107
SecondWawYodh verbs
109
Geminate verbs
111
Regular verbs with object suffixes
113
ThirdYodh verbs with object suffixes
115
SUBJECT INDEX
122
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY compiled by S P Brock
127
CHRESTOMATHY
1
An inscription of Serrin 73 C E
3
from
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archives of Edessa
7
119
11
157 according to Vetus Syra
13
From A Discourse on Fate by Bardaisan
19
Expanded plural base wdtd 25
25
Mismatch between gender and its morphology 26
26
Odes 11 and 42
42
Ephrems Commentary on Genesis 22
46
Jacob of Serugh on the Apostle Thomas
48
Some juridie decisions
50
Job of Edessa on sleep
51
Ishtfdad of Merv on John 11
52
Some lighthearted stories
55
From Bar Hebraeuss Syriac Grammar
57
GLOSSARY
61
PROPER NOUNS
88
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