By E Lipinski
The 1st comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, through H. Zimmern, used to be released 100 years in the past and the final unique paintings of this type was once issued in Russian in 1972 by way of B.M. Grande. the current grammar, designed to come back out within the centenary of the of entirety of Zimmern's paintings, fills therefore a niche. along with, it truly is in keeping with either classical and glossy Semitic languages, it takes new fabric of those final a long time under consideration, and situates the Semitic languages within the wider context of Afro-Asiatic. The creation in brief offers the languages in query. the most components of the paintings are dedicated to phonology, morphology, and syntax, with problematic charts and diagrams. Then follows a dialogue of basic questions on the topic of lexicographical research. The research is supplemented via a word list of linguistic phrases utilized in Semitics, by means of a selective bibliography, via a basic index, and through an index of phrases and varieties. The booklet is the results of twenty-five years of analysis and instructing in comparative Semitic grammar.
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These forms of Semitic speech are mainly known by the numerous proper names — with specific grammatical forms — which appear in var ious cuneiform texts, by some loanwords borrowed by Old Babylonian scribes, and by certain linguistic peculiarities occurring sporadically in Old Babylonian texts, in particular those from Mari. C. Amorite was once called "East Canaanite" and is often consid ered as a Northwest Semitic language. The geographical area of the speak ers of Amorite dialects and the relation of these speech forms to Palaeosyrian suggest however to classify Amorite among the North Semitic tongues and to consider "East Canaanite" as an inappropriate designation of the language under consideration.
The latter sub-group is important for comparative linguistics because of its prefixconjugation with an aspectual distinction between perfective and imperfective. It comprises Rendille, spoken in Kenya, east of Lake Turkana (former Rudolf), Boni, attested mainly in Kenya, east of the lower Tana river, and the Somali dialects spoken by about five million people in Somalia, in eastern Ethiopia, and in northern Kenya. Instead, the total of Rendille and Boni speakers amounts only to a few thousand. D.
Whereas diffu sion necessitates no permanent displacement of language carriers and infiltration implies a movement of but a restricted number of individu als, migration signifies that whole tribes permanently displace them selves and spread over a new territory. These are the circumstances obviously reflected in the settlement of Semites in Western Asia where Semitic idioms replaced the substratum languages of the regions where today Arabic, Neo-Aramaic, and Hebrew are spoken. The substratum generally modifies the gaining language through interference, thus caus ing the spreading language to differentiate itself from the language of the original linguistic homeland.