Semitic Languages: Features, Structures, Relations, Processes

Hardcover | February 10, 2013

byGideon Goldenberg

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This book offers a thorough, authoritative account of the branches of Semitic. These include some of the world's oldest attested languages, among them Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic, as well as various modern languages. Gideon Goldenberg describes their history, geographicaldistribution, writing systems, and genetic classifcation. He examines their main features and distinctive characteristics, including their phonology, morphemes, derivational morphology, verbal systems, syntactic relationships, and their typological signifcance. He also discusses the pioneering work and achievements of medieval Arabic and Hebrew scholars in theoretical and descriptive aspects of grammar, lexicography, and philology. Professor Goldenberg's balanced, undogmatic account presents the fruits of a lifetime of original research: it will be widelywelcomed by scholars and advanced students of the Semitic languages and linguistic typology.

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This book offers a thorough, authoritative account of the branches of Semitic. These include some of the world's oldest attested languages, among them Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic, as well as various modern languages. Gideon Goldenberg describes their history, geographicaldistribution, writing systems, and genetic cl...

Gideon Goldenberg is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 1996 and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy since 1999. He has published extensively on Neo-Ethiopian languages, Syriac, Hebrew, and Neo-Aramaic, syntactic ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:February 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199644918

ISBN - 13:9780199644919

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Full contentsGlossing Category labels1. Introduction2. The Languages3. Distribution4. Writing Systems and Scripts5. Classification6. Linguistic Traditions7. Phonology8. Closed-Class Morphemes9. Derivational Morphology10. Entity Terms11. Syntactic Relations; Case System12. Predicative Relation13. Verbal System14. Attributive Relation15. Completive Relation16. Existence, Belonging, and PossessionReferencesIndex