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Israel Oriental Studies, Volume 20
Semitic Linguistics: The State of the Art at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Edited by Shlomo Izre'el
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Concentrating on the states of the issues being discussed and researched in the field of Semitic linguistics, this new collection of articles combines the input of top scholars in their areas of expertise with topics under discussion and current research. IOS 20 is a vital addition for research libraries, linguists, biblical and ancient Near Eastern scholars.
Israel Oriental Studies has ceased publication with volume 20.
Publication date: 2002
Bibliographic info: 535 pages
"Perhaps the most convenient way to acquire a solid knowledge
about the present state of Semitic linguistics is to read the book
under discussion. The result of a conference held at Tel Aviv
University in January 1999, the book was published with modest
delay in 2002 and is dedicated to Prof. Shlomo Raz, who passed
away after the conference. Equally fitting would be the title "The
Hetzron Memorial Volume," for there is a considerable number of
articles that explicitly adhere to his methodology and/or field
The twenty-two articles (a fine number indeed for a book about
Semitics) are divided into seven sections. The editor has written
useful introductory notes to each of them except the last.
Section One is Methodologies. Its introduction reviews the
articles contained and describes the achievements of the Russian
School of Semitic Linguistics in the 20th century. . . . Section Two
is Overviews. . . . Section Three, Beyond the Semitic Sphere, has
only two articles. Both are of considerable length and importance. . . .
Section Four, Languages in Contact, has been divided between
Stephen Kaufman and Olga Kapeliuk. . . . New Finds and Dialectology
in the Modern Semitic World is the title of Section Five. . . . Section
Six is Broadening Our Horizons, which is especially relevant given
the conservative nature of Semitic Linguistics. . . . The last section
comprises four review articles of important books on the subject that
appeared in the late nineties: Hetzron (ed.), The Semitic Languages;
Bennett, Comparative Semitic Linguistics: A Manual (both reviewed by
Izre'el); Lipinski, Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar
(Testen); and Takacs, Etymological Dictionary of Egyptian, Vol. I
(Dolgopolsky)." --Pavel Cech in , 2004.
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