Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology Volume 4-5

 
9781234163433: Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology Volume 4-5
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...gug „ kukku „ ku-ku. Polysyllabics are treated in the same way:--/dim becomes idimmu for id'i-mu. utuk „ udukku „ udu-ku. tukul „ tukullu „ tuku-lu. gukul „ gukkullu „ gukku-hi. It may t.e objected that if the Assyrians had borrowed from Akkadian a word having the accent on a certain syllable, they would have preserved it there; this, however, is not what has occurred in similar circumstances in other tongues. For instance, French has always its very feeble accent on the last syllable, and the foreign words it borrows are treated according to this rule without taking into account the foreign accent: examen for the Latin exdmen, omnibus for omnibus, dilettanti for dilettanti. The Assyrian did the same. There seem, however, to be an attempt to represent the primitive foreign accent in a few words, as gukkdilu, from giikal. What is of the utmost importance is that while the process of phonetic decay was going on in Akkadian, and the words more and more reduced till they became all monosyllabies, the fuller and more primitive form was preserved in the Assyrian words borrowed at an earlier stage; so--It is easy to see that of these supposed forms many are already decayed and shortened from more primitive and longer ones. As Assyrian was not exempt from phonetical decay, it sometimes lost or weakened the syllable preceding its accent, so we have:--killu for akktlu, from the Akkadian akkil. edimmu,, kidimu „ „ gidim. nangaru,, nagdru „ „ nagar. Several other important conclusions might be drawn from these comparisons, and from the influence of the accent in Akkadian and Assyrian. All the older and longer Akkadian forms terminate in g (in Assyrian represented by k or A). Mr....

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