The Semitic languages are a family of languages spoken by more that 370 million people across much of the Middle East and North and East Africa. This is the first general survey of those languages, including the Arab and Aramaic dialects and various languages of Ethiopia.
Containing twenty-two chapters that present a comprehensive survey of this language family from its origins in antiquity to the present day, The Semitic Languages is an essential source of reference for the specialist and the lay reader.
Preface Part I. Generalities 1. Genetic subgrouping Alice Faber, Haskins Laboratories, USA 2. Writing systems Peter Daniels, USA 3. Arabic grammatical tradition Jonathan Owens, Germany 4. Hebrew grammatical tradition Arie Schippers, Netherlands Part II. Old Semitic 5. Akkadian Giorgo Buccellati, UCLA 6. Amorite and Eblaite Cyrus H Gordon, USA 7. Aramaic Stephen A Kaufman, Hebrew Union College, USA 8. Ugaritic Dennis Pardee, University of Chicago 9. Ancient Hebrew Richard Steiner, USA 10. Phoenician and Canaanite Stanislav Segert, UCLA 11. Classical Arabic Wolfdietrich Fischer, Germany 12. Sayhadic (Epigraphic South Arabian) L E Kogan, Russia and A V Korotayev, Oriental Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 13. Ge'ez (Ethiopic) Gene Gragg, University of Chicago Part III. Modern Semitic 14. Arabic Dialects and Maltese Alan S Kaye, California State University at Fullerton and Judith Rosenhouse, The Technion, Haifa, Israel 15. Modern Hebrew Ruth A Berman, Tel Aviv University 16. Neo-Aramaic Otto Jastrow, University of Erlangen, Germany 17. Modern South Arabian Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle, CNRS, France 18. Tigrinya L E Kogan, Russia 19. Tigre shlomo Raz, Tel Aviv University 20. Amharic and Argobba Grover Hudson, Michigan State University 21. Harari Ewald Wagner, Germany 22. East Gurage Ernst-August Gutt, Germany 23. Outer South Ethiopic Robert Hetzron Index
Robert Hetzron is formerly of the Department of Germanic, Oriental and Slavic Languages, University of California at Santa Barbara.