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By Aaron D. Rubin

With a written background of approximately 5 thousand years, the Semitic languages contain one of many international s earliest attested and longest attested households. popular family members contain Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and Akkadian. This quantity offers an outline of this significant language relatives, together with either historic and sleek languages. After a short advent to the heritage of the kin and its inner category, next chapters hide issues in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon.Each bankruptcy describes gains which are attribute of the Semitic language relations as an entire, in addition to a few of the extra awesome advancements that occur within the person languages. this gives either a typological evaluation and an outline of extra targeted gains. The chapters comprise plentiful examples from quite a few languages. the entire examples comprise morpheme via morpheme glosses, in addition to translations, which assist in making those examples transparent and obtainable even to these now not accustomed to a given language. Concluding the ebook is an in depth advisor to extra analyzing, which directs the reader to crucial reference instruments and secondary literature, and an updated bibliography.This short creation incorporates a wealthy number of information, and covers themes no longer often present in brief sketches resembling this. The readability of presentation makes it helpful not just to these within the box of Semitic linguistics, but additionally to the final linguist or language fanatic who needs to profit whatever approximately this significant language kin.

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A comprehensive grammar of Mehri, the most widely spoken language of this group, was published in 2010 (Rubin 2010b). Ethiopian Semitic: For Ge'ez, the classical language of Ethiopia, the standard and most comprehensive reference grammar is that of Dillmann (1907). A more concise, but still study of modem Arabic dialects is a vast field. Three good handbooks, which provide some overview of the dialects, are those of Fischer and Jastrow (1980), Behnstedt and Woidich (2005), and Corriente and Vicente (2008).

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