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LINGUIST List 20.4329

Tue Dec 15 2009

Books: Typology: Hayes

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Sumerian: Hayes

Message 1: Sumerian: Hayes
Date: 14-Dec-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Sumerian: Hayes
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Title: Sumerian
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 68
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: John Hayes
Paperback: ISBN: 3929075393 Pages: 48 Price: Europe EURO 38.60

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

Sumerian has the distinction of being the oldest attested language in the
world. Spoken in the southern part of ancient Mesopotamia, the Iraq of
today, its first texts date to about 3100 BCE. Sumerian died out as a
spoken language about 2000 BCE, but it was studied in the Mesopotamian
school system as a language of high culture for almost two thousand more
years. A language isolate, Sumerian has no obvious relatives.

Typologically, Sumerian is quite different from the Semitic languages which
followed it in Mesopotamia. It is basically SOV, with core grammatical
relationships marked by affixes on the verb, and with adverbial
relationships marked by postpositions, which are cross referenced by
prefixes on the verb. It is split ergative; the perfect functions on an
ergative basis, but the imperfect on a nominative accusative basis.

Because Sumerian is an isolate, and has been dead for thousands of years,
special problems arise in trying to elucidate its grammar. There are still
major challenges in understanding its morphosyntax, and very little is
known about Sumerian at the discourse level. This volume will describe some
of the major questions still to be resolved.

3rd printing 2009.

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Subject Language(s): Sumerian (sux)

Written In: English (eng )

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