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This volume introduces the letters of the Syriac alphabet a few at the time, and each set of letters is accompanied by guides to pronunciation and the correct way to write the letters, including helpful charts and illustrations. Practice exercises at the end of each section provide the user with copious opportunities for review to facilitate rapid acquisition. This volume will be helpful to all who want to learn the basics of Syriac pronunciation and orthography without being inundated with technical linguistic jargon.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0085-5
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Series: Gorgias Handbooks 23
Publication Date: Aug 1,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 56
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0085-5
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Many grammars of the Syriac language focus on reading and translation, completely omitting issues of correct pronunciation and orthography. In contrast, George Kiraz’s approach to learning Syriac is founded upon the commitment to preserving Syriac as a spoken language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for reader-friendly, inductive approach. This volume introduces the letters of the Syriac alphabet a few at the time, and each set of letters is accompanied guides to pronunciation and the correct way to write the letters, including helpful charts and illustrations. Practice exercises at the end of each section provide the user with copious opportunities for review in order to facilitate rapid acquisition. This volume will be helpful to all who want to learn the basics of Syriac pronunciation and orthography without being inundated with technical linguistic jargon. The volume is an extract of Chapter 1 of Kiraz’s The New Syriac Primer.

Many grammars of the Syriac language focus on reading and translation, completely omitting issues of correct pronunciation and orthography. In contrast, George Kiraz’s approach to learning Syriac is founded upon the commitment to preserving Syriac as a spoken language. Written in a style designed for beginners, Kiraz avoids technical language and strives for reader-friendly, inductive approach. This volume introduces the letters of the Syriac alphabet a few at the time, and each set of letters is accompanied guides to pronunciation and the correct way to write the letters, including helpful charts and illustrations. Practice exercises at the end of each section provide the user with copious opportunities for review in order to facilitate rapid acquisition. This volume will be helpful to all who want to learn the basics of Syriac pronunciation and orthography without being inundated with technical linguistic jargon. The volume is an extract of Chapter 1 of Kiraz’s The New Syriac Primer.

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Contributor Biography

George Kiraz

George A. Kiraz is the founder and director of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, and the president of Gorgias Press. He earned an MSt in Syriac Studies from Oxford University, and an MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University. He has an extensive list of publications in Syriac studies.

  • Preface (page 5)
  • 1.1 Olaph, Béth, Gomal, and Dolath (page 6)
  • 1.2 Hé, Waw, and Zayn (page 13)
  • 1.3 ?éth, ?éth, and Yudh (page 18)
  • 1.4 Koph, Lomadh, Mim, and Nun (page 26)
  • 1.5 The Letters (page 33)
  • 1.6 Simkath, ?é, Phé, and ?odhé (page 36)
  • 1.7 Qoph, Rish, Shin, and Taw (page 43)
  • 1.8 Review of the Alphabet (page 49)
  • 1.9 I Dont Need Those Vowels, Do I? (page 53)
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