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A Case of Linguistic Transition: The Nerab Inscriptions*

Ilsung Andrew Yun

in Journal of Semitic Studies

Published on behalf of University of Manchester

Volume 51, issue 1, pages 19-43
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0022-4480
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1477-8556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jss/fgi081
A Case of Linguistic Transition: The Nerab Inscriptions*

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Since the publication of the editio princeps by C. Clermont-Ganneau in 1897, two funerary inscriptions from Nerab have received the attention of relatively few scholars. It has been acknowledged that the Nerab inscriptions stand at a major juncture for the development of the Aramaic language, as well reflected in the divided scholarly opinions on the classification of the language of the Nerab inscriptions, either as Old Aramaic (OA) or as Official Aramaic (OfA). This paper explores the possible contribution of the Nerab inscriptions to the discussion of the phases of the Aramaic language by putting the Nerab inscriptions in the wider perspective of developing Aramaic, with special focus on comparison between OA and OfA. It is argued that the Nerab inscriptions are rare examples of the inscriptions that clearly represent the transition from OA to OfA, though they still categorically belong to OA.

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Subjects: Middle Eastern History ; Middle Eastern Languages ; Literary Studies - World ; Biblical Studies

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