Comparative Semitic Linguistics: A Manual by Patrick R. Bennett

By Patrick R. Bennett

Because the identify shows, this detailed source is a guide on comparative linguistics, with the examples taken solely from Semitic languages. it really is an cutting edge quantity that remembers the sooner culture of textbooks of comparative philology, which, even though, completely taken care of Indo-European languages. it's fitted to scholars with not less than a yr of a Semitic language.

by means of a long way the most important element of the e-book are the 9 wordlists that offer the knowledge to be manipulated via the scholar. Says reviewer Peter Daniels, the wordlists "constitute a different source for all of comparative linguistics--a significant volume of uniform info from a number of comparable languages. they'd be worthy for any classification in comparative linguistics, not only for these in particular in Semitic."

Scattered in the course of the textual content are 25 workouts in accordance with the wordlists that supply an exceptional creation to the equipment of comparativists. additionally incorporated are paradigms of the phonological structures of ten Semitic languages in addition to Coptic and a kind of Berber. A bibliography that courses the scholar into extra analyzing in Semitic linguistics completes the amount.

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It is then normal to assume that the two consonants re˘ect a single element in the phonology of an ancestral language. How many instances su¯ce to establish a correspondence as regular? The number chosen is arbitrary. If it is set high, we eliminate many red herrings but may also fail to include some valid information on the protolanguage; if it is set low, we may multiply the number of assumed protophonemes. We usually pick a number between three and ˜ve as the minimum. 29 Part 3: An Outline of Comparative Linguistics Table 9.

Identity in Form and Meaning Table 12. ) smaç smaç garlic s¿m t¿ma on çal çal return sab tab Part 3: An Outline of Comparative Linguistics 31 Table 13. : Gregg, 1967–71). Skewing may be formal, involving replacements of phonological units, metatheses, expansions or truncations, or, frequently in Semitic, changes in the pattern of vowels and root consonants. It may be grammatical (which usually involves diˆerences in shape as well), such as changes in gender or number of nouns, or in the type of verb, or in part of speech.

This allows us to sort out the pairs as Geçez ∫°â: z´åb ‘hyena’ : Arabic ∫®>Îî „iåb ‘wolf ’, with semantic skewing but regular formal correspondence, and Geçez Ìâμ: d´bç : Arabic øb®{å dabç ‘hyena’, with identical meaning but skewing in vowel correspondence. ÏwG∑r®B∑ burg¿Q ‘˘ea’, where we see irregular correspondence of 32 Part 3: An Outline of Comparative Linguistics In some cases, a particular type of skewing may be so frequent that it could be treated as regular. For instance, as seen in Table 13, Syriac often has a re˘ex with i where one would expect a.

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