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A Grammar of Akkadian

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Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth. Third edition. Harvard Semitic Studies 45. Overall, clean and sound. Near Fine. ISBN 9781575069418.
Hardcover, 648 pages
Published 1998 by Scholars Press (first published June 1997)
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Jared W
Jun 27, 2013 Jared W rated it really liked it
Huehnergard's grammar is excellent. Divided into 38 lessons with more than ample numbers of exercises, this Akkadian grammar (focusing on the Old Babylonian dialect) provides an excellent basis for entry into Akkadian texts. Beginning quite early on, the texts which are translated and provided by the lessons are drawn directly from actual texts such as the Law Collection of Hammurapi, extispacy texts, and even narratives. By the end of the grammar, students are translating directly from the cune ...more
John Hinton
Feb 04, 2013 John Hinton rated it it was amazing
I have only used the prepublished version, but it was the textbook for my second year Akkadian class. It was used by the first year class too, but I started with the second year class since first year class was not offered at Harvard that year. Being nervous about not having taken the first year, I was grateful for Professor Huehnergard's well presented grammar and texts that enabled me to autodidactically catch up with the rest of the class members who had taken the first year course. It is an ...more
James
Feb 11, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
A great introductory text for learning Cuneiform, Akkadian, and Sumerian logograms; however, be prepared for some confusion. The book makes no attempt to ease you into intricate grammar constructs, so be prepared for some hard hitting stuff right off the bat. That being said, you'll find a lot of valuable lessons that will improve your own grasp of grammar, and on top of that, you'll get to read one of the first languages to exist in the world, which has a wealth of amazing literature still untr ...more
Robert Murphy
Jan 18, 2014 Robert Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, own, semitics
A fantastic resource, but unrealistic to get done, even in a calendar year. Dialect-wise, he restricts himself to Old Babylonian, but he wants you to learn all the cuneiform from nearly-Sumerian to Neo-Akkadian, which is way to much. This is a fine book, but nothing something to tackle by yourself. If language books are spectrum, with the left edge being easy to learn but not something you will consult in years to come, and the right edge being very difficult but a lifelong references, this book ...more
Danny Leavins
Jan 29, 2008 Danny Leavins rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite grammar to any ancient language that I've studied. It opens up the literature of ancient Mesopotamia to all who are interested in history, literature, Bible, etc. It is well written with extensive examples and exercises.
Vanttefan
Oct 11, 2012 Vanttefan rated it really liked it
Shelves: assyriology
Compared to other akkadian grammar text books, it is the most detail and illustated. now i just learn half of it and i expect to learn it all.
梁飞
Jun 01, 2011 梁飞 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Used this book for a linguistics project, comparing the grammar of Old Babylonian Akk to Classical Arabic, and it was an immense help.
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