The Semitic Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the individual languages and language clusters within this language family, from their origins in antiquity to their present-day forms.
This second edition has been fully revised, with new chapters and a wealth of additional material. New features include the following:
* new introductory chapters on Proto-Semitic grammar and Semitic linguistic typology
* an additional chapter on the place of Semitic as a subgroup of Afro-Asiatic, and several chapters on modern forms of Arabic, Aramaic and Ethiopian Semitic
* text samples of each individual language, transcribed into the International Phonetic Alphabet, with standard linguistic word-by-word glossing as well as translation
* new maps and tables present information visually for easy reference.
This unique resource is the ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of linguistics and language. It will be of interest to researchers and anyone with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic typology, linguistic anthropology and language development.
John Huehnergard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and former Professor of Semitic Philology at Harvard University. Na`ama Pat-El is Associate Professor of Comparative Semitic Linguistics in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Introductory Chapters 1. Introduction to the Semitic Languages: John Huehnergard & Na`ama Pat-El 2. Semitic and Afro-Asiatic: Gene Gragg 3. Proto-Semitic: John Huehnergard 4. The Semitic Language Family: A Typological Perspective: Na`ama Pat-El Language Chapters 5. Akkadian: Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee 6. Ge ez (Classical Ethiopic): Aaron Michael Butts 7. Tigre of Ginda : David L. Elias 8. Tigrinya: Maria Bulakh 9. Amharic: Lutz Edzard 10. Gurage (Muher): Ronny Meyer 11. Mehri: Aaron D. Rubin 12. Soqotri: Leonid Kogan and Maria Bulakh 13. Ancient South Arabian: Anne Multhoff 14. Safaitic: Ahmad Al-Jallad 15. Classical Arabic: Daniel Birnstiel 16. Levantine Arabic: Kristen Brustad and Emilie Zuniga 17. Egyptian Arabic: Thomas Leddy-Cecere and Jason Schroepfer 18. Moroccan Arabic: Mike Turner 19. Ugaritic: Josef Tropper and Juan-Pablo Vita 20. The Canaanite Languages: Aren M. Wilson-Wright 21. Pre-modern Hebrew: Biblical Hebrew: Aaron D. Hornkohl 22. Modern Hebrew: Philip Zhakevich and Benjamin Kantor 23. Samaritan Aramaic: Christian Stadel 24. Modern Western Aramaic: Steven E. Fassberg 25. Syriac: Na`ama Pat-El 26. Mandaic: C. G. Haberl 27. Northeastern Neo-Aramaic: the Dialect of Alqosh: Eleanor Coghill