Semitic Languages in Contact


Editor: Aaron Butts
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.
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Biographical Note

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.

Review Quotes

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).

Table of contents

A Thamudic B Abecedary in the South Semitic Letter Order
Ahmad Al-Jallad and Ali Al-Manaser

Ethiopian Semitic and Cushitic. Ancient Contact Features in Ge‘ez and Amharic
David Appleyard

Hebrew Adverbialization, Aramaic Language Contact, and mpny ʾšr in Exodus 19:18
Samuel Boyd and Humphrey Hardy

The Distribution of Declined Participles in Aramaic-Hebrew and Hebrew-Aramaic Translations
Yochanan Breuer

The Proto-Semitic “Asseverative *la-” and the Innovative 1sg Prefixes in South Ethio-Semitic Languages
Maria Bulakh

Egyptianizing Features in Phoenician and Punic Inscriptions from Egypt
David Calabro

Head-Marking in Neo-Aramaic Genitive Constructions and the ezafe Construction in Kurdish
Eran Cohen

Notes on Foreign Words in Hatran Aramaic
Riccardo Contini and Paola Pagano

Language, Writing, and Ideologies in Contact: Sumerian and Akkadian in the Early Second Millennium bce
C. Jay Crisostomo

Inner-Semitic Loans and Lexical Doublets vs. Genetically Related Cognates
Lutz Edzard

Structural Change in Urban Palestinian Arabic Induced by Contact with Modern Hebrew
Uri Horesh

Language Contact as Reflected in the Consonant System of Ṭuroyo
Otto Jastrow

Lexical Borrowings in the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale
Lily Kahn

Possible Ugaritic Influences on the Hurrian of Ras Shamra-Ugarit in Alphabetic Script
Joseph Lam

The Lexical Component in the Aramaic Substrate of Palestinian Arabic
Mila Neishtadt

The Classification of Hobyot
Aaron D. Rubin

Expression of Attributive Possession in Tunisian Arabic: The Role of Language Contact
Lotfi Sayahi

Aramaic Loanwords in Gǝʿǝz
Jürgen Tubach

Language Contact between Akkadian and Northwest Semitic Languages in Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze Age
Juan-Pablo Vita

Semitic Languages in Contact—Syntactic Changes in the Verbal System and in Verbal Complementation
Tamar Zewi and Mikhal Oren



All interested in Semitic languages, contact linguistics, as well as languages of the Middle East and Africa more broadly.