The semitic languages : an international handbook

  title={The semitic languages : an international handbook},
  author={Stefan Weninger and Geoffrey Khan and Mitchell Streck and Janet Watson},
The handbook The Semitic Languages offers a comprehensive reference tool for Semitic Linguistics in its broad sense. It is not restricted to comparative Grammar, although it covers also comparative aspects, including classification. By comprising a chapter on typology and sections with sociolinguistic focus and language contact, the conception of the book aims at a rather complete, unbiased description of the state of the art in Semitics. Articles on individual languages and dialects give basic… 
The origin of the Semitic relative marker
Abstract All Semitic languages use a relative marker as at least one strategy of relativization, and all branches show reflexes or relics of reflexes of an interdental relative marker. The wide
Linguistic Features and Typologies in Languages Commonly Referred to as ‘Khoisan’
In southern and eastern Africa, there used to be over a hundred languages characterized by extensively using click consonants in their phonology (Brenzinger, 2013, 1). These languages have been
The Structure of Interjections in Biblical Hebrew: Phonetics, Morphology, and Syntax
This article studies the compliance of Biblical Hebrew (BH) interjections with the formal prototype of interjections formulated in linguistic typology. The authors demonstrate that, globally, the
The Finite–Infinite Dichotomy in a Comparative Semitic Perspective
A clear-cut dichotomy between the categories “finite” and “infinite” in the verbal realm is problematic in linguistics in general (cf. Nikolaeva 2007) and in Semitic linguistics in particular –
Historical language contact between Indo-European and Semitic in argument structure and in clause organization
This paper discusses some aspects of the functional competition between nominal morphology and verbal morphology to express low transitivity in different IE languages with respect to other areally
Development of Tense/Aspect in Semitic in the Context of Afro-Asiatic Languages
The author demonstrates that it is imperative to work in a larger typological framework and that in the field of Afro-Asiatic linguistics valuable insights can be gained from the study of parallel phenomena in Indo-European languages.
The Resh Riddle: Identifying The Biblical Hebrew Rhotic
In this study, I will reconstruct the Biblical Hebrew rhotic, resh, basing the analysis on its phonological behavior. I will examine the phonological phenomena related to resh on a quantitative
Intensifiers, Reflexive and Reciprocal Pronouns in Argobba Language, Ethio-Semitic
Argobba is a South Ethio-Semitic language which is predominantly used in day-to-day communication by a population of about 140, 134 people in the Argobba Zone (Central Statistical Agency (2008:59),
1. A survey of African languages
The African continent harbors upwards of 2,000 spoken indigenous languages – more than a fourth of the world’s total. Using ISO 639-3 language/dialect divisions and including extinct languages for
Notes on Sociolinguistic Terminology in Modern Hebrew: Morpho-Syntactic and Lexical Devices for the Creation of a Technolect
This survey of the Modern Hebrew sociolinguistic technolect is methodologically based on the studies on the formation of the technolects of multilingualism and contact languages in Italian, recently


Indexing Books
The most extensive and up-to-date reference available, Nancy C. Mulvany builds on various style guides but goes beyond mechanics with in-depth discussions of analysis and editorial judgment calls, such as deciding what is and what is not indexable and establishing the structure of entries.