The Semitic Languages
The Semitic Languages presents a unique, comprehensive survey of individual languages or language clusters from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms.
The Semitic family occupies a position of great historical and linguistic significance: the spoken and written languages of the Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs spread throughout Asia and northern and central Africa; the Old Semitic civilizations in turn contributed significantly to European culture; and modern Hebrew, modern literary Arabic, Amharic, and Tigrinya have become their nations' official languages.
The book is divided into three parts and each chapter presents a self-contained article, written by a recognized expert in the field.
* I. General Issues: providing an introduction to the grammatical traditions, subgrouping and writing systems of this language family.
* II. Old Semitic Languages
* III. Modern Semitic Languages
Parts II and III contain structured chapters, which enable the reader to access and compare information easily. These individual descriptions of each language or cluster include phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis and dialects.
Suggestions are made for the most useful sources of further reading and the work is comprehensively indexed.
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Genetic Subgrouping of the Semitic Languages
Scripts of Semitic Languages
The Arabic Grammatical Tradition
The Hebrew Grammatical Tradition
Amorite and Eblaite
Arabic Dialects and Maltese
The NeoAramaic Languages
The Modern South Arabian Languages
Amharic and Argobba
The Silte Group East Gurage
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3rd person accusative adjectives adverbial Akkadian Amharic Amorite Arabic dialects Aramaic Argobba attested basic bedouin broken plurals Canaanite conjugation conjunction consonant consonantal construct copula definite article derived dual Eblaite ending Ethiopic example expressed feminine forms Ge'ez gemination gender genitive grammar Harari Harsusi Hertevin imperative imperfect infinitive inflection inscriptions Jibbali jussive Kerend lexical linguistic long vowels Maltese marked marker masculine meaning Mehri Mlahso Modern Hebrew morpheme morphological MSAL negative Neo-Mandaic nominal nonpast Northwest Semitic object suffix occur participle particle passive past patterns perfect personal pronouns Phoenician phonetic Phonology phrase plural predicate prefix prepositions preterite pronominal suffixes pronouns radical relative clause root Sabean Sayhadic script Semitic languages sentence singular Soqotri South Arabian stem stress subjunctive suffix pronouns syllable syntactic Table tense texts Tigrinya tion tive Turoyo Ugaritic verb verbal noun vocalic