Semitic Languages in Contact contains twenty case studies analysing various contact situations involving Semitic languages. The languages treated span from ancient Semitic languages, such as Akkadian, Aramaic, Classical Ethiopic, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Ugaritic, to modern ones, including languages/dialects belonging to the Modern Arabic, Modern South Arabian, Neo-Aramaic, and Neo-Ethiopian branches of the Semitic family. The topics discussed include writing systems, phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. The approaches range from traditional philology to more theoretically-driven linguistics. These diverse studies are united by the theme of language contact. Thus, the volume aims to provide the status quaestionis of the study of language contact among the Semitic languages.
With contributions from A. Al-Jallad, A. Al-Manaser, D. Appleyard, S. Boyd, Y. Breuer, M. Bulakh, D. Calabro, E. Cohen, R. Contini, C. J. Crisostomo, L. Edzard, H. Hardy, U. Horesh, O. Jastrow, L. Kahn, J. Lam, M. Neishtadt, M. Oren, P. Pagano, A. D. Rubin, L. Sayahi, J.Tubach, J. P. Vita, and T. Zewi.
Aaron Michael Butts, Ph.D. (2013), University of Chicago, is Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America. He has published on Semitic linguistics, including language contact, as well as Christianity in the Near East, especially Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic.
This rich and remarkable volume carefully edited by Aaron Michael Butts in the Brill series on Semitic linguistics offers a wide spectrum of cases of interference in Semitic and provides materials for general reflection on the phenomenon. - Alessandro Bausi, Universität Hamburg In: Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 19 (2016).
Undoubtedly, this sondage, with its considerable breadth of method, topic, languages and chronological span, will stimulate further studies in such a fascinating and challenging field. We look forward to the next volume. - W.G.E. Watson in: Journal of Semitic Studies vol 63, issue 1 (Spring 2018).
All interested in Semitic languages, contact linguistics, as well as languages of the Middle East and Africa more broadly.