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The origins of semitic languages

Yaacob, Solehah@Nik Najah Fadilah and Yeob, Shamsul Jamili (2011) The origins of semitic languages. In: Paradigm shift on thought: Muslim women's perspectives. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 63-78. ISBN 9789674181796

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`Semitic` is a word introduced by Schlozer in 1780 to denote the group of languages evolved from Aramaic, Pheonic, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemen, Babylonian and Assyrian. He understood them to be languages of the descendents of Prophet Noah. From the time of the Upper Palaeolithic age, the descendents of Adam were the founders of human civilization. Their success depended on the stability of their political, cultural and geographical structures, and linguistic study is a vital aid in the analysis of their development. The major written cultures of the ancient Near East have produced the largest body of material providing with a sound basis for subsequent reflections on their linguistic diversity and attempts at contrastive linguistics with Mesopotamia. E. Reiner asserted that at the beginning of recorded human history there existed two major languages side by side, Acadian and Sumerian. He assumed that the Acadian of the Semitic people spread to Mesopotamia by way of migration around 4ooo B.C.E. If we look at the Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic times.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 2297/25834
Uncontrolled Keywords: semitic, languages, origin
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B108 Ancient
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic > PJ6001 Arabic
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic > PJ6001 Arabic > PJ6073 Language > PJ6690 Ancient Arabic
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Arabic Language and Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Solehah Yaacob
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2012 14:10
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/25834

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