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Analysing Literary Sumerian: Corpus-based Approaches (Jarle Ebeling Graham Cunningham (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Equinox Publishing, 2007) 9781845532291
Analysing Literary Sumerian: Corpus-based Approaches (Jarle Ebeling Graham Cunningham (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Equinox Publishing, 2007) 9781845532291
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Title: Analysing Literary Sumerian: Corpus-based Approaches

Author: Ebeling, Jarle Graham Cunningham (eds)

Publisher: Equinox Publishing; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845532291

Volumes: 1; Pages: 426

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This book brings together pioneering studies on the world's oldest literature, composed in the extinct language Sumerian and written on clay in the cuneiform (wedge-shaped) script. All the contributions are based on the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL), a project of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University whose focus is on the best documented period of Sumerian literature, compositions recorded some 4,000 years ago in southern Iraq. The ETCSL consists of transliterations and translations of nearly 400 compositions and is accessible via the Internet. It is the only linguistically annotated and translated corpus of an ancient Near Eastern language.Each of the main chapters in the book uses the ETCSL to approach a specific question relating to one or more compositions in the corpus, exploiting the possibilities the corpus offers for quantitative research and statistical analysis. In addition to these case studies, the book includes introductions to Sumerian literary language and corpus-linguistic approaches to research, as well as a catalogue of compositions. The material, methods, and results will appeal to those interested in Sumerian, ancient literature, and the analysis of languages using a corpus.Contents1. Introduction to the study of Sumerian Jeremy Black and Gbor Zolyomi (L. Etvs University, Budapest)2. Corpora, corpus linguistics and the ETCSL Jarle Ebeling3. The vocabulary of literary Sumerian: a corpus-driven investigation Jarle Ebeling4. In the company of ni2 'self' and 'fear(someness)' Graham Cunningham5. Pre-verbal /n/: function, distribution, and stability Paul Delnero (University of Pennsylvania, USA)6. Sumerian in a systemic-functional perspective: the case of multiword-verb combinations with and without ak 'to do' Jarle Ebeling7. On divine-referent bull metaphors in the ETCSL corpus Laura Feldt (Aarhus University, Denmark)8. Divine literacy, numeracy, and justice in the Sumerian literary corpus Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge)9. The polysemy and productivity of the formative element nam in Old Babylonian literary Sumerian Blint Tanos (L. Etvs University, Budapest)10. A quantitative analysis of the Sumerian proverb collections Jon Taylor (British Museum)11. Variation in the multiword construction igi--bar in the Old Babylonian period Gbor Zolyomi (L. Etvs University, Budapest)12. A catalogue of Sumerian literary compositions Graham Cunningham
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