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Foundations for Syriac Lexicography I


Colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project


This volume is the first in a series of collected essays that addresses issues of Syriac linguistics as they relate to a contemporary approach to lexicography. The international team of authors invited to participate represents a wide range of disciplines and opens new horizons in lexical thinking. Special emphasis is placed on the role that technology has, does, and will play in the evolving field of lexicography.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-138-X
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Publication Date: Feb 1,2006
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 251
ISBN: 1-59333-138-X
$145.00

This volume is the first in a series that addresses issues of Syriac linguistics as they relate to a contemporary approach to lexicography. The international team of authors invited to participate represents a wide range of disciplines and opens new horizons in lexical thinking. In a substantial introductory essay, Terry Falla outlines a conceptual framework for a new comprehensive Syriac-English lexicon; Alison Salvesen looks at the user versus the lexicographer, and notes practical and scientific issues in creating lexical entries; George Kiraz presents the history of Syriac computational lexicography and points to the future of computing the Syriac lexicon; Dean Forbes’ ground-breaking work on computational analysis of the syntax of the Hebrew scriptures introduces a statistical approach to syntactical analysis; Janet Dyk outlines desiderata for the lexicon from a syntactic point of view; Peter Williams discusses how to match Syriac words with their Greek Vorlage; Andreas Juckel raises the question of whether the Harklean version should be included in a future lexicon of the Syriac New Testament; Sebastian Brock reflects on resources and sources of Syriac lexica. This book is at the forefront of Syriac lexical studies, and has much to offer those studying Greek and Semitic languages.

This volume is the first in a series that addresses issues of Syriac linguistics as they relate to a contemporary approach to lexicography. The international team of authors invited to participate represents a wide range of disciplines and opens new horizons in lexical thinking. In a substantial introductory essay, Terry Falla outlines a conceptual framework for a new comprehensive Syriac-English lexicon; Alison Salvesen looks at the user versus the lexicographer, and notes practical and scientific issues in creating lexical entries; George Kiraz presents the history of Syriac computational lexicography and points to the future of computing the Syriac lexicon; Dean Forbes’ ground-breaking work on computational analysis of the syntax of the Hebrew scriptures introduces a statistical approach to syntactical analysis; Janet Dyk outlines desiderata for the lexicon from a syntactic point of view; Peter Williams discusses how to match Syriac words with their Greek Vorlage; Andreas Juckel raises the question of whether the Harklean version should be included in a future lexicon of the Syriac New Testament; Sebastian Brock reflects on resources and sources of Syriac lexica. This book is at the forefront of Syriac lexical studies, and has much to offer those studying Greek and Semitic languages.

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Contributor Biography

Dean Forbes

David Taylor

David Taylor is University Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac at the University of Oxford.

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