Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar

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Peeters Publishers, 2001 - History - 780 pages
The first comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, by H. Zimmern, was published a hundred years ago and the last original work of this kind was issued in Russian in 1972 by B.M. Grande. The present grammar, designed to come out in the centenary of the completion of Zimmern's work, fills thus a gap. Besides, it is based on both classical and modern Semitic languages, it takes new material of these last decades into account, and situates the Semitic languages in the wider context of Afro-Asiatic. The introduction briefly presents the languages in question. The main parts of the work are devoted to phonology, morphology, and syntax, with elaborate charts and diagrams. Then follows a discussion of fundamental questions related to lexicographical analysis. The study is supplemented by a glossary of linguistic terms used in Semitics, by a selective bibliography, by a general index, and by an index of words and forms. The book is the result of twenty-five years of research and teaching in comparative Semitic grammar.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
15
SEMITIC LANGUAGES
21
c Classical Arabic
77
Language and Script
90
PHONOLOGY
99
Labials
115
Dental Plosives
122
Prepalatal and Palatal
133
F DeterminativeRelative Pronouns
332
Verbs
339
Prepositions
468
Nominal Phrases
504
Subordinate Clauses
530
LEXICON
5
East Semitic
9
GLOSSARY OF SELECTED LINGUISTIC TERMS

ProtoSemitic
135
Velar Plosives
144
Laryngals Pharyngal and Velar Fricatives
153
Diphthongs
172
Classification of Semitic Languages
173
c Assimilation between a Consonant and a Vowel
197
H Elision
203
Afformatives iyayāwilyaliyya
229
B Gender
235
Number
242
Case Inflection
259
E The States of the Noun
272
F Adjectives
285
Pronouns
305
Reflexive Pronoun
319

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