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Sumerian Lexicon: A Dictionary Guide to the

Ancient Sumerian Language by John Alan


Halloran

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Original Title: Sumerian Lexicon


ISBN: 0978642910
ISBN13: 9780978642914
Autor: John Alan Halloran (Editor)
Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars (371) counts
Original Format: Hardcover, 318 pages
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Published: August 22nd 2006 / by Logogram Pub
Language: English
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Description:

With 6,400 entries, this is the most complete available lexicon of ancient Sumerian vocabulary. It
replaces version 3 of the author's Sumerian Lexicon, which has served an audience of over
380,000 visitors at the web site sumerian[dot]org since 1999. This published version adds over
2,600 new entries, and corrects or expands many of the previous entries. Also, following the
express wish of a majority of online lexicon users, it has merged together and sorted the logogram
words and the compound words into purely alphabetical order. This book will be an indispensable
reference for anyone trying to translate Sumerian texts. Also, due to the historical position of
ancient Sumer as the world's first urban civilisation, cultural and linguistic archaeologists will
discover a wealth of information for research.
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Aug 18, 2015


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A shortcoming of this concise lexicon (as stated on page v) is that most of the texts in it are from
Neo-Sumerian and Old Babylonian periods.
The reader can obtain the archaic sign list from the work of P. Damerow and R. Englund since the
lexicon has only Roman alphabets in it. The author has listed 96 sources for his work though.
I love this lexicon and I highly appreciate its introduction and how the words are presented in it! I
really do look forward to acquire future works of John Halloran.
Som
A shortcoming of this concise lexicon (as stated on page v) is that most of the texts in it are from
Neo-Sumerian and Old Babylonian periods.
The reader can obtain the archaic sign list from the work of P. Damerow and R. Englund since the
lexicon has only Roman alphabets in it. The author has listed 96 sources for his work though.
I love this lexicon and I highly appreciate its introduction and how the words are presented in it! I
really do look forward to acquire future works of John Halloran.
Some highlights of this book:
Introduction
1- Sumerian scribes invented the practice of writing in cuneiform on clay tablets something around
3400 B.C.
2- The writing on the tablets progressed from compact shorthand signs to readable texts by 2800
B.C.
3- Archaeologists have excavated over one hundred thousand clay tablets written in Sumerian
from the Old Sumerian (ca. 2800 B.C. - 2350 B.C.), Old Akkadian (2350 B.C. - 2150 B.C.), Neo-
Sumerian (2150 B.C. - 2000 B.C.), and Old Babylonian (2000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) periods.
4- Sumerian is a linguistic isolate, a language which is not closely connected to any other
language family.
5- Sumerian studies is a very young field. There are still many learned articles yet to be written
analyzing the etymologies of particular words.
6- The vocabulary of proto-Sumerian and Sumerian take us back to the beginnings of human
culture.