By Aaron D. Rubin
With a written historical past of approximately 5 thousand years, the Semitic languages include one of many international s earliest attested and longest attested households. renowned family members contain Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and Akkadian. This quantity presents an summary of this significant language kin, together with either historic and smooth languages. After a quick creation to the historical past of the relatives and its inner category, next chapters hide themes in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon.Each bankruptcy describes positive aspects which are attribute of the Semitic language kinfolk as an entire, in addition to a number of the extra remarkable advancements that ensue within the person languages. this gives either a typological evaluation and an outline of extra distinctive good points. The chapters comprise ample examples from a number of languages. all of the examples comprise morpheme via morpheme glosses, in addition to translations, which assist in making those examples transparent and obtainable even to these no longer acquainted with a given language. Concluding the publication is an in depth consultant to additional analyzing, which directs the reader to crucial reference instruments and secondary literature, and an up to date bibliography.This short advent features a wealthy number of information, and covers subject matters no longer typically present in brief sketches reminiscent of this. The readability of presentation makes it invaluable not just to these within the box of Semitic linguistics, but in addition to the final linguist or language fanatic who needs to profit anything approximately this significant language kin.
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Akmajian et al. (2010) and O'Grady et al. (2010) are general introductions to the many subfields of linguistics. Afroasiatic: Very brief sketches of the non-Semitic branches of Afroasiatic can be found in Hayward (2000) and Huehnergard (2004). The classic survey of Afroasiatic is that of Diakonoff (1988). While this work provides useful data, its re constructions should not be relied upon. Any comparative gram mar or dictionary comparing two or more branches of Afroasiatic must be used with great caution.
This was also the case in Soqop-i a hundred years ago (55). However, in modern Soqotri, only the second occurrenCe of the preposition has survived, with the result that prepositions can be embedded within a noun phrase (56) (Lonnet 1998). 3 AGREEMENT There are a number of issues pertaining to agreement in Semitic that are noteworthy. 3). , Hebrew), fossilized dual forms are treated as plu ral for agreement purposes. Attributive adjectives in Semitic normally agree with their head nouns in gender, number, and case (where applicable, and referring to the inherited Proto-Semitic case markers only); in Central Semitic (with the exception of Neo-Aramaic) and in Mehri, attributive adjectives also agree in definiteness (57).
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A brief introduction to the Semitic languages by Aaron D. Rubin