History of the Akkadian Language (2 vols)


Akkadian is, after Sumerian, the second oldest language attested in the Ancient Near East, as well as the oldest known Semitic language. It is also a language with one of history’s longest written records. And yet, unlike other relevant languages written over a long period of time, there has been no volume dedicated to its own history. The aim of the present work is to fill that void. The outcome is presented in 26 chapters written by 25 leading authors and divided into two volumes, the first covering the linguistic background and early periods and the second covering the second and first millennia BCE as well as its afterlife.

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Juan-Pablo Vita, Ph.D. (1995), is a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. His most recent monographs are Canaanite Scribes in the Amarna Letters (Ugarit-Verlag, 2015) and (in cooperation with Josef Tropper) Lehrbuch der ugaritischen Sprache (Zaphon, 2020).
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Abbreviations: Bibliographical
Other Abbreviations and Conventions
Notes on Contributors

Part 1 Introduction

1 Research on the Akkadian Language
Michael P. Streck

Part 2 Teaching and Writing Akkadian in the Ancient Near East

2 Teaching Akkadian in the Ancient Near East
Alexandra Kleinerman

3 Akkadian and Cuneiform
Michael P. Streck

4 Akkadian and Alphabetic Cuneiform
Carole Roche-Hawley and Robert Hawley

5 Akkadian and the Greek Alphabet (Graeco-Babyloniaca)
Martin Lang

Part 3 Akkadian: Some General Trends of Its Development

6 Classification of Akkadian within the Semitic Family
Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee

7 Historical Morphology of Akkadian
N.J.C. Kouwenberg

8 A Historical Overview of Akkadian Morphosyntax
Ilya Arkhipov, Maksim Kalinin and Sergey Loesov

9 A History of the Akkadian Lexicon
Leonid Kogan and Manfred Krebernik

10 A History of Akkadian Onomastics
Regine Pruzsinszky

Part 4 Akkadian in the Fourth and Third Millennia BCE

11 Old Akkadian
Walter Sommerfeld

12 Eblaite
Leonid Kogan and Manfred Krebernik

Part 5 Akkadian in the Second Millennium BCE: Akkadian in Mesopotamia

13 Old Babylonian
Michael P. Streck

14 Middle Babylonian
Wilfred H. van Soldt

15 Old Assyrian
N.J.C. Kouwenberg

16 Middle Assyrian
Stefan Jakob

Part 6 Akkadian in the Second Millennium BCE: Peripheral Akkadian

17 Akkadian and the Amorites
Dominique Charpin

18 Akkadian in Syria and Canaan
Juan-Pablo Vita

19 Akkadian and the Hittites
Gary Beckman

20 Akkadian in Egypt
Matthias Müller

21 Akkadian in Elam
Florence Malbran-Labat

Part 7 Akkadian in the First Millennium BCE

22 Neo-Assyrian
Frederick M. Fales

23 (Early) Neo-Babylonian
Christian W. Hess

24 Late Babylonian
Johannes Hackl

25 The Death of Akkadian as a Written and Spoken Language
Johannes Hackl

Part 8 Afterlife: Akkadian after Akkadian

26 The Legacy of Akkadian
John Huehnergard

Index of Personal Names
Index of Divine Names
Index of Geographical Names
Index of Texts Cited
Index of Subjects
All interested in Assyriology, Semitic studies, Afro-Asiatic languages, language contact, Linguistics, and ancient Near Eastern history.
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