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Introduction to the Semitic Languages

Text Specimens and Grammatical Sketches

Gotthelf Bergstrasser, Translated by Peter Daniels

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304 pages
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1983

Introduction to the Semitic Languages

Text Specimens and Grammatical Sketches

Gotthelf Bergstrasser, Translated by Peter Daniels

Gotthelf Bergstrasser (1886–1933) was one of the great Semitic linguists and philologists. This small volume encapsulates his learning, and every page yields concise statements of remarkable insight. He intended the book for elementary classes in Semitic linguistics, but only one familiar with the material can begin to appreciate the achievement in these brief chapters.

 

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Gotthelf Bergstrasser (1886–1933) was one of the great Semitic linguists and philologists. This small volume encapsulates his learning, and every page yields concise statements of remarkable insight. He intended the book for elementary classes in Semitic linguistics, but only one familiar with the material can begin to appreciate the achievement in these brief chapters.

A translation seemed called for for several reasons: It is generally agreed that Bergstrasser’s “Einfuhrung” has not been superseded, and is unlikely to be. In more than half a century, no similar work has appeared either a chrestomathy or a succinct characterization of each of the major Semitic languages that can be used in an introductory class in Semitic linguistics.

List of Tables

Analytic Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

Foreword

Transcription

Language Name Abbreviations

Introductory Note

1. Proto-Semitic

2. Akkadian

3. Hebrew

4. Aramaic

I. Old Aramaic

II. Modern Aramaic

5. South Arabic - Ethiopic

I. Ethiopic (Ge’ez)

II. Modern Ethiopic

III. Mehri

6. North Arabic

I. Classical Arabic

II. Colloquial Arabic

Appendix: Common-Semitic Words

Appendix A: Paradigms

Appendix B: Semitic Scripts

Principal Periodicals and Collections

Bibliography

Index of Authors

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