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Key to A Grammar of Akkadian
by John Huehnergard
Third edition, August 2013
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Professor Huehnergard's key to his extensive Akkadian Grammar will be welcomed by teacher and student alike. Please note that this third edition of the key is a revision that complements the third edition of the Grammar, incorporating a numer of corrections.
Publisher: Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 2013
Bibliographic info: x + 137 pages
Trim Size: 6 x 9
"Huehnergard's two-volume teaching grammar . . . is meticulous, thorough and up to date. The book takes the student through the grammar of Old Babylonian, including the dialect of Mari and the literary idiom, in 38 lessons. The student is introduced to the cuneiform script in Lesson Nine and encounters genuine Akkadian texts, as opposed to made-up sentences, in Lesson Thirteen. In the course of the following 25 chapters, as the grammar unfolds, he tackles an impressive selection of passages and texts, ranging from laws of Hammurapi to letters, contracts, royal inscriptions and omen compendia.
"...Before publication this grammar had a long history of use in at least 14 North American universities. Now that it is published it will surely enjoy a very much wider use and a very much longer currency" -- Andrew R. George in Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies, vol. 62, no. 1 (1999)
"John Huehnergard, professor at Harvard University, is to be thanked for providing for us the most thorough introduction to Akkadian in any language. . . . After successfully completing the volume, one would be very well prepared to read texts from numerous periods in various literary genres. I just wish the volumes were available when I studied Akkadian. They should be in all academic biblical studies libraries, and budding Hebrew students would be well rewarded by working through them." -- David W. Baker in Ashland Theological Journal 31, 1999
"The present textbook of Akkadian grew out of almost two decades of the author's classroom experience, enriched by suggestions from other instructors who had used the handout version of this grammar. . . . The author skillfully uses the best insights from linguistically oriented studies of Akkadian in handling issues like topicalization and operations of word order.
The presentation of the material reflects a pedagogical approach in the "Lambdin tradition." The author fully acknowledges his debt to Lambdin. The complicated morphology of the verbs is broken up into small doses presented gradually according to levels of difficulty, from the learner's point of view rather than the scholar's. . . . Thanks to the user-friendly paradigms and ample word lists, this textbook can also serve as a kind of vade mecum of Akkadian for those who have acquired a working knowledge of the language. The Akkadian-English and English-Akkadian word lists contain a substantial vocabulary of Old Babylonian Akkadian. These, in combination with the lists of signs and logograms, are a great help to learners who would otherwise have to consult the bulky Akkadian dictionaries and the standard sign lists that are not always easily available. . . . Huehnergard has built a solid yet accessible road into Akkadian for serious students. Congratulations to all those who use this textbook to enter into, or even just to taste, the fascinating world of Assyriology."
-- Agustinus Gianto, Pontifical Biblical Institute, in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 60, 1998
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