This work provides a guide to language and culture in the Near East. Chapters cover topics including: language, audience and impast in Imperial Aseyria; Judeo-Arabic in its sociolinguistic setting; Arabic diglossia in the classroom; and Greek as the superstrate written language of the Jews.
From Language to Culture: Reconstructing the Cultural Setting from Textual Evidence Rina Drory, 'Bilingualism and Cultural Images: The Hebrew and the Arabic Introductions of Saadia Gaon's Sefer ha-Egrom.' Hannes D. Galter, 'Cuneiform Bilingual Royal Inscriptions.' Barbara Nevling Porter, 'Language, Audience and Impast in Imperial Assyria.' Benjamin Hary, 'Judeo-Arabic in Its Sociolinguistic Setting.' Shlomo Izre'el, 'The Amarna Glosses: Who Wrote What for Whom? Some Sociolinguistic Considerations.' Itamar Singer, 'Some Thoughts on Translated and Original Hittite Literature.' Between Language and Culture: Cultural Dispositions for Linguistic Choice Muhammad Hasan Amara, 'Arabic Diglossia in the Classroom: Assumptions and Reality.' Gabriel M. Rosenbaum, 'Fushaa within Dramatic Dialogue Written in the Colloquial.' Gary A. Rendsburg, 'Linguistic Variation and the "Foreign" Factor in the Hebrew Bible.' Orly Goldwasser, 'On the Conception of the Poetic Form: A Love Letter to a Departed Wife (Ostracon Louvre 698).' Shlomit Shraybom-Shivtiel, 'The Role of the Colloguial in the Renaissance of Standard Arabic: Language as a Mirror of Social Change' From Culture to Language: Cultural Contacts and Linguistic Interference Michael L. Chyet, 'Neo-Aramaic and Kurdish: An Interdisciplinary Consideration of Their Influence on Each Other.' Baruch Podolsky, 'Mass Immigration and Its Possible Impact on the Linguistic Situation in Israel.' Saul Levin, 'Greek as the Superstrate Written Language of Jews and Other Semitic Populations.'
'I have very little to offer by way of criticism of this work...It is an important contribution to the subject and one that suggests numerous avenues for research, opens up the complexities of ancient and modern Near Eastern languages, and demonstrates the benefits of a broad, interdisciplinary approach.'
Scott B. Noegel, Anthropological Linguistics, 1997.
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