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This book is the culmination of the Turabdin Project, the goal of which is to monitor the development of Modern Literary Syriac from the 1980s to the present. The approach is descriptive and contrastive relative to the Classical language, significant differences between Modern Literary Syriac and Classical Syriac are noted. The main focus is on neologisms and new developments in the lexicon.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-3936-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Oct 25,2018
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 450
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-4632-3936-7
$95.00

This book is the culmination of the Turabdin Project, the goal of which is to monitor the development of Modern Literary Syriac essentially from the 1980s to the present. As a Scandinavian project, the majority of the data consists of literature written and published in Sweden. The approach is descriptive and contrastive relative to the Classical language, significant differences between Modern Literary Syriac and Classical Syriac are noted. The main focus is on neologisms and new developments in the lexicon.

The present volume is subdivided into two parts. Part One, Context and Analysis, places the collected Modern Literary Syriac neologisms in their sociolinguistic context and presents an analysis of the most prominent features that characterise the data. Part Two, Glossary of Neologisms, consists of the list of neologisms collected, presenting the meaning of the entries, as deduced from their context, as well as proposed etymologies, their relationship to Classical Syriac, attestations in the sources, synonyms in Modern Literary Syriac when available in the data, and other relevant information. Finally, an Index of English Terms and Expressions is appended to the end of the book. Here the English translations of the neologisms discussed in the present volume are listed.

This book is the culmination of the Turabdin Project, the goal of which is to monitor the development of Modern Literary Syriac essentially from the 1980s to the present. As a Scandinavian project, the majority of the data consists of literature written and published in Sweden. The approach is descriptive and contrastive relative to the Classical language, significant differences between Modern Literary Syriac and Classical Syriac are noted. The main focus is on neologisms and new developments in the lexicon.

The present volume is subdivided into two parts. Part One, Context and Analysis, places the collected Modern Literary Syriac neologisms in their sociolinguistic context and presents an analysis of the most prominent features that characterise the data. Part Two, Glossary of Neologisms, consists of the list of neologisms collected, presenting the meaning of the entries, as deduced from their context, as well as proposed etymologies, their relationship to Classical Syriac, attestations in the sources, synonyms in Modern Literary Syriac when available in the data, and other relevant information. Finally, an Index of English Terms and Expressions is appended to the end of the book. Here the English translations of the neologisms discussed in the present volume are listed.

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Contributor Biography

Ebbe Knudsen

Ebbe E. Knudsen is emeritus professor of Semitic languages at the University of Oslo, Norway. His research has focused on Semitic, including Aramaic linguistics.

Elie Wardini

Elie Wardini is professor of Arabic at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research has focused Semitic, especially Aramaic-Arabic contact from a diachronic and sociolinguistic perspective.

Foreword v
Abbreviations - Literary vii
Abbreviations - General xiii
Abbreviations - Biblical books xvii

Part One: Context and Analysis 11
Modern Literary Syriac 32
Grammatical Features 7
2.1 Introduction 7
2.2 Orthography 12
2.3 Morphology 16
2.4 Syntax 21
2.5 The transcription of Turoyo 24
3 Neologisms 29
3.1 Strategies 29
3.2 Source Languages 36
3.3 Morphology of calques from Arabic 43
3.4 Conclusion: Modern Literary Syriac and text statistics 52
Part Two: Glossary of Neologisms 59
Bibliography 389
Index 397

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