Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar

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Peeters Publishers, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 780 pages
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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
ProtoSemitic
42
Classification of Semitic Languages
48
East Semitic
55
West Semitic
59
Arabic
74
South Semitic
81
Dental Fricatives
129
Prepalatal and Palatal
133
Laterals
135
Liquids and Nasal
139
Velar Plosives
144
Laryngals Pharyngal and Velar Fricatives
148
Synopsis of the Consonantal System
157
Vowels
158

Gurage
89
Language and Script
90
B Alphabetic Script
92
Transcription and Transliteration
97
EL PHONOLOGY
101
Basic Assumptions
102
B Consonantal Sounds
105
Vowels
106
Intonation
108
E Phonemes
109
F Voiced and Unvoiced Sounds
110
G Emphatic Sounds
111
H ProtoSemitic Phonemes
112
Labials
115
Dental Plosives
122
Interdentals
124
Diphthongs
172
MORPHOLOGY
207
Pronouns
305
Verbs
339
E Stems and Voices
386
F Infinitive and Participle
424
Adverbs
462
Connective and Deictic Particles
480
SYNTAX
491
LEXICON
555
GLOSSARY OF SELECTED LINGUISTIC TERMS
589
BIBLIOGRAPHY
609
GENERAL INDEX
663
INDEX OF WORDS AND FORMS
705
TABLES MAPS AND TEXT FIGURES
779
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