By Holger Gzella
Aramaic is a continuing thread operating throughout the a variety of civilizations of the close to East, historical and sleek, from a thousand BCE to the current, and has been the language of small principalities, global empires, and a good proportion of the Jewish-Christian culture. Holger Gzella describes its cultural and linguistic heritage as a continual evolution from its beginnings to the arrival of Islam. For the 1st time the person stages of the language, their socio-historical underpinnings, and the textual assets are mentioned comprehensively in mild of the most recent linguistic and old study and with plentiful recognition to scribal traditions, multilingualism, and language as a marker of cultural self-awareness. Many new observations on Aramaic are thereby built-in right into a coherent historic framework.
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Fem. sg. 3 masc. pl. 3 fem. pl. 2 masc. pl. 2 fem. pl. /fem. pl. /ya-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-īn/ /ʾa-ktob-Ø/ /ya-ktob-ūn/ /ya-ktob-(ā)n/66 /ta-ktob-ūn/ /ta-ktob-(ā)n/ /na-ktob-Ø/ /ya-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-Ø/ /ta-ktob-ī/ /ʾa-ktob-Ø/ /ya-ktob-ū/ /ya-ktob-n(ā)/ /ta-ktob-ū/ /ta-ktob-n(ā)/ /na-ktob-Ø/ As with the “perfect,” the vowel of the “imperfect” base is lexical. Most transitive verbs have /o/ (< */u/). 1). 3 below), presumably in part due to overlaps in the modal domain (since also English ‘must’ and ‘may’ can be either deontic or epistemic, depending on the context), which finally reduced morphological marking and caused the loss of the more restricted deontic “short” form in favour of the “long” one.
24 chapter 1 traditions (as in vocalized medieval manuscripts), and comparative Semitic data (especially from closely-related languages). They represent abstractions, that is, the “pure” sounds, and should not be confused with the actual pronunciation of the language. Nonetheless, they breathe life into the consonantal skeleton of the script and help distinguish forms that appear identical due to the imperfections of the writing system. , /q/, /ṣ/, /ṭ/, and /θ̣/; the lateral resonant /l/ and the dental trill /r/, the dental and bilabial nasals /n/ and /m/, and the palatal and bilabial semi-vowels /y/ and /w/.
2 fem. /fem. /katab-Ø/ /katab-at/ /katáb-tā/ /katáb-tī/ /katab-t/(< */-tu/) /katab-ū/ presumably /katab-ā/65 /katab-tūm/ /katab-tenn/ /katáb-nā/ (< */-nu/) The base vowel in the second syllable of the stem is lexical. Verbs denoting events mostly have /a/, whereas /e/ (< */i/) and, rarely, /o/ (< */u/) occurs with states (owing to the origin of this form in a conjugated adjective). Migration to the /a/-class in the course of time obscured such a neat distribution, so the base vowel is synchronically unpredictable.
A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Volume 111) by Holger Gzella