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Alphabetic Origins

Dennis Pardee

in The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264928
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.003.0001

Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

Alphabetic Origins

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This chapter lays out the peculiarities of the Ugaritic language and hence of its peculiar contributions to our knowledge of the history of culture. It discusses the nature of the language and its place within the languages of the ancient Near East, the nature of the writing system, and the nature of the Ugaritic texts that have been preserved.

Keywords: Ugaritic language; texts; ancient Near East; writing system

Chapter.  18154 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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