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The Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary, a project in the making since 1986, is the first dictionary to reflect the vocabulary of the extinct Proto-Hamito-Semitic (Proto-Afro-Asiatic) language. Reconstructed on the basis of Semitic, Ancient Egyptian, Berber, Chadic and Cushitic linguistic groups, the Dictionary plays an indispensable role in further research into the field of historical linguistics. It surpasses by far the only comparable work to date, M. Cohen, Essai comparatif sur le vocabulaire et la phonetique du chamito-semitique, published in 1947, which contains much less material and is now outdated.
The Dictionary comprises more than 2,500 lexical items and includes an introduction providing valuable information on the historical phonology of Hamito-Semitic as well as an index of meanings, which supplies linguists, archaeologists and scholars of ancient history with added insight into the culture of the ancient speakers of Proto-Hamito-Semitic. The Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary, an invaluable contribution to the field of Afro-Asiatic studies, will be used and discussed by scholars for years to come.
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Vladimir Orel, Ph.D. (1981) in Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, is Senior Lecturer of Historical Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic historical linguistics.Olga Stolbova, Ph.D. (1980) in Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Linguistics in Moscow. Her interests are mainly in the field of Chadic languages.
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