[b-hebrew] Semitics books

James Spinti JSpinti at Eisenbrauns.com
Fri Aug 11 12:09:54 EDT 2006


They are both in print. Moscati is getting a bit old, but still a
standard reference.

Here is the "official" blurb about Lipinski:
"The first comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, by H. Zimmern,
was published a hundred years ago and the last original work of this
kind was issued in Russian in 1972 by B.M. Grande. The present grammar,
designed to come out in the centenary of the completion of Zimmern's
work, fills thus a gap. Besides, it is based on both classical and
modern Semitic languages, it takes new material of these last decades
into account, and situates the Semitic languages in the wider context of
Afro-Asiatic. The introduction briefly presents the languages in
question. The main parts of the work are devoted to phonology,
morphology, and syntax, with elaborate charts and diagrams. Then follows
a discussion of fundamental questions related to lexicographical
analysis. The study is supplemented by a glossary of linguistic terms
used in Semitics, by a selective bibliography, by a general index, and
by an index of words and forms. The book is the result of twenty-five
years of research and teaching in comparative Semitic grammar."


James Spinti
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Dear all,

Thanks for the book advice thus far provided.  I have one more inquiry!
I am keenly interested in semitic languages - particularly as they
relate to Hebrew and Aramaic.  I am interested also in Arabic since it
is still a living language and may offer some interesting comparatives.
I am less interested in old Egyptian or Ethiopic languages.  

I have Bergstrasser's book as well as Kaltner's.  Both are nice but
fairly brief.

What are the general thoughts here regarding the works by Sabatino
Moscati and E. Lipinski?  It seems they are out of print but still
available.  Can anyone here give me any info on the contents of these


Charles Meadows
Marshall University

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