A Manual of Ugaritic by Pierre Bordreuil

By Pierre Bordreuil

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Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee are of the best-known students doing study at the language and texts of the traditional urban of Ugarit (modern inform Ras Shamra). This grammar was once first released in French in 2004 in volumes; and Eisenbrauns is happy to make it to be had now in a corrected and up-to-date model, in a single quantity, with major improvements. as well as together with the entire details found in the French version, this English version contains a CD with a whole, hyperlinked PDF model of the grammar.

The booklet features a historic creation to the texts and language, the e-book contains a comic strip of the grammar of Ugaritic, a bibliography, facsimiles (hand-copies) of a couple of texts, and a thesaurus and textual content concordance--in brief, every little thing scholar wishes for entrée into the language. at the CD, as well as the PDF, colour images of all the texts incorporated within the e-book are supplied. The links to the PDF let the reader to maneuver simply from the dialogue within the grammar to a duplicate of a textual content to the colour photograph of the textual content and again back, making the fabric even more available and usable for college kids and researchers.

Pierre Bordreuil inaugurated a chair in Ugaritic on the Écoles des langues et civilisations orientales on the Institut catholique de Paris. Dennis Pardee teaches within the Dept. of close to japanese Languages and Civilizations on the Oriental Institute of the collage of Chicago.

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On the other hand, since the writing with {¨} is attested with at least one root that should not have had /u/ as stem vowel (the II-h root ªHB ‘to love’ should have been /yiªhab-/ but {y¨hb} is attested [CTA 5 v 18]), this use of {¨} may only represent the irregular use of that sign (in place of {¡}) to note syllable-final / ª/. 28 Historical Introduction and Grammar 4. Morphology Like the other Semitic languages, Ugaritic morphology is of the inflecting (or fusional) type. The traditional view according to which a Semitic word consists of a consonantal “root” + internal vowel(s) + additional morphemes still has merit today.

1c. 2m. 2f. 3m. 3f. Sg. ª ttyy- Du. ntty-/tt- Pl. du. -ny (also attested as a genitive enclitic) is apparently an archaic retention in Ugaritic. Other dual forms indicated were apparently differentiated from identically written plural forms (or singular in the case of the 3f. ) by vocalic pattern. pl. in the other Semitic languages are too disparate to propose a Ugaritic form using comparative data. Huehnergard (1997: 219) thinks he has found support for the form /-nu/. du. pronoun that the characteristic vowel for this form was /a/ (likely /-naya/), and this form was originally that of the oblique case.

A tablet discovered in the excavations of Ras Ibn Hani (RIH 84/13, preliminary edition by Bordreuil in Bordreuil et al. 1987: 299–301) enumerates diverse herds of bovines that were located, probably for the summer, in several villages of the kingdom. Some of these villages were located along the northern border of the kingdom, and this is certainly related to the pastoral activity characteristic of this region, where pastureland abounds. In addition to the numerous springs and grassy valleys that made the area ideal for the summer pasturing of bovines and ovines, the mountains were also covered with extensive forests.

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