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It's Been Said Before

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Languages from the World of the Bible
Edited By: Holger Gzella

The breakthrough of the alphabetic script early in the first millennium BCE
coincides with the appearance of several new languages and civilizations in
ancient Syria-Palestine. Together, they form the cultural setting in which
ancient Israel, the Hebrew Bible, and, transformed by Hellenism, the New
Testament took shape. This book contains concise yet thorough and lucid
overviews of ancient Near Eastern languages united by alphabetic writing and
illuminates their interaction during the first 1000 years of their attestation. All
chapters are informed by the most recent scholarship, contain fresh insights,
provide numerous examples from the most pertinent sources, and share a
clear historical framework that makes it easier to trace processes of contact
and convergence in this highly diversified speech area. They also address
non-specialists. The following topics are discussed: Alphabetic writing (A.
Millard), Ugaritic (A. Gianto), Phoenician and Hebrew (H. Gzella),
Transjordanian languages (K. Beyer), Old and Imperial Aramaic (M. Folmer),
Epigraphic South Arabian (R. Hasselbach), Old Persian (M. de Vaan/A.
Lubotsky), Greek (A. Willi).

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Semitic
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781934078631
Pages: 258
Prices: Europe EURO 79.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781934078617
Pages: 258
Prices: Europe EURO 79.95