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A Grammar of the Ugaritic Language (Handbook of Oriental by Daniel Sivan PDF

By Daniel Sivan

ISBN-10: 158983285X

ISBN-13: 9781589832855

ISBN-10: 9004122931

ISBN-13: 9789004122932

Ugaritic, came across in 1929, is a North-West Semitic language, documented on clay capsules (about 1250 texts) and dated from the interval among the 14th and the twelfth centuries B.C.E. The records are of varied varieties: literary, administrative, lexicological. quite a few Ugaritic drugs include parts of a poetic cycle touching on the Ugaritic pantheon. one other half, the executive files make clear the association of Ugarit, therefore contributing tremendously to our figuring out of the heritage and tradition of the biblical and North-West Semitic global. this crucial reference paintings, a revised and translated variation of the author's Hebrew booklet (Beer Sheva, 1993), bargains with the phonology, morphology and syntax of Ugaritic. The e-book comprises additionally an appendix with textual content choices.

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15,3; the yod seems to be muter lectionis; cf. Liverani 1964:175; de Moor 1965:360; Krahmalkov 1969:264; Dietrich, Loretz and Sanmartin 1974a:471). e. normal Proto-Ugaritic would have been: b tt 'Sr sinn. Since S and S were identical in Ugaritic (most likely pronounced as 9, it is also possible that in the dialect of the scribe who wrote this particular text 4 i', and S were all pronounced the same, either as S or as S (cf. Ullendorf 1962:348-351). For that reason, the scribe evidently used the 0 to represent all three phonemes, which were identical to his ear.

It is also probable that those two texts were written by a foreign scribe, perhaps a Hurrian. It would appear that the shift d > d took place in Ugaritic after the invention of the Ugaritic alphabet (in contrast to the shift d > s [cf. below] which has taken place prior to the use of that alphabet, since d is not represented at all in Ugaritic writing). Once the shift _d > d occurred, the sign for _d was left devoid of meaning. Therefore, the Ugaritian scribes began to use it for representation of a foreign sound (particularly in Hurrian words and in foreign personal names).

5 VI,16). p (Before Voiced Consonant) > b - This change of p to b is due to a partial assimilation of p (with vowel after it or without it) to 28 CHAPTER TWO the following voiced phoneme (cf. Fronzaroli 1955:50-53; Greenstein 1976:51 and most recently Garr 1986:45-57). 17 VI,24; cf. 1l9,l) instead of the expected *yrb p'lt (cf. n5m m1 in Phoenician [ M I 38 B,2]). e. a partial assimilation of a bilabial nasal consonant has become a voiceless stop due to the S which follows (cf. Fronzaroli 1955:52).

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