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By Aaron D. Rubin

With a written historical past of approximately 5 thousand years, the Semitic languages contain one of many global s earliest attested and longest attested households. renowned family members comprise Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and Akkadian. This quantity offers an summary of this significant language kinfolk, together with either old and smooth languages. After a short creation to the heritage of the kin and its inner class, next chapters conceal themes in phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon.Each bankruptcy describes gains which are attribute of the Semitic language kinfolk as a complete, in addition to many of the extra notable advancements that happen within the person languages. this gives either a typological evaluation and an outline of extra precise good points. The chapters comprise plentiful examples from quite a few languages. the entire examples contain morpheme via morpheme glosses, in addition to translations, which assist in making those examples transparent and obtainable even to these no longer accustomed to a given language. Concluding the ebook is a close advisor to additional examining, which directs the reader to an important reference instruments and secondary literature, and an up to date bibliography.This short creation includes a wealthy number of information, and covers subject matters now not generally present in brief sketches equivalent to this. The readability of presentation makes it beneficial not just to these within the box of Semitic linguistics, but in addition to the final linguist or language fanatic who needs to profit anything approximately this significant language relations.

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This is because the predicative adjectives have verbal properties, in that they are associated with verbal roots; indicate person, number and gender; can take the marker of subordination; and can take a ventive morpheme. Indeed, in West Semitic, this de­ veloped into a true past tense (as noted in §1). SG, sick-ISG 'the man is sick, the woman is sick, I am sick' (Huehnergard 2005b) Agreement in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic is slightly more complex than in the other languages. The above rules given for attributive and predicative adjectives apply when the noun is singular or dual.

It is important to point out that a derived stem verb need not have a corresponding G·Stem verb. For example, in Arabic, the verb 7arsala 'send' is a C·Stem verb, but the root RSL does not occur in the G·Stem. There is no other verb from which 7arsala can be derived as a causative. As another example, in Mehri , the 47 verb sanas 'dare' (root 7NS) is a 5 1 ·Stem (a type of C·Stem spe· cific to Modem South Arabian), but this is the only stem in which this root occurs. As these examples illustrate, it can hap· pen that a derived stem verb is simply lexical and not "derived" at all.

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