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Sumerian Grammar (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) [Hardcover]

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Sumerian Grammar (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) by Dietz Otto Edzard

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004126082  
ISBN13  9789004126084  

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More About Dietz Otto Edzard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dietz Edzard is a professor for the Institut f?r Assyriologie und Hethitologie at the University of Munich. He has been active over the years at the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, and Italian excavations at Tell Marikh (Ebla), Northern Syria. He is a member of the International Committee for the Ebla texts, the Bavarian Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (Chicago Assyrian Dictionary), and the University Museum, Philadelphia. He has contributed work to the RIM Project since 1985, and currently Editor in charge of Early Periods.

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A Sumerian Grammer for the More Advanced Student  Dec 10, 2006
Dietz Edzard's Sumerian Grammar is not a book for an absolute beginner. You will not learn to translate a Sumerian text from this book. There are no vocabulary lists or exercises and there are only two cuneiform characters in the entire book. But that is fine since this book is not aimed at a begining student.

Instead, Dr. Edzard has written a book that is aimed at more advanced students and specialists in the field, and he has done a great job of it. The author discusses differences of opinion between scholars regarding the finer points of Sumerian grammar and does a good job of illustrating how our knowledge of Sumerian is tied to ancient Akkadian texts which translate Sumerian into Akkadian. The long chapter on the Sumerian verb is daunting, but that is strictly due to the complexity of the material.

This book is also wonderfully concise. The material is properly covered, yet the book is only 190 pages long.

A student wishing to learn Sumerian from scratch should probably start with "A Manual of Sumerian Grammar" by John Hayes. Once they have mastered the material in Hayes' excellent book, they should then turn to Dr. Edzard's book for further study.

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