Download Reading An Akkadian Handbook: Helps, Paradigms, Glossary, Logograms, and Sign List: Completely Revised and Expanded Second Edition –

Students of Akkadian will find this handy collection of basic information to be the ideal companion through their years of study Though this handbook is not a replacement for the standard reference works, it summarizes all the basic resource materials needed for the study of Akkadian Included are the following miscellaneous helps, paradigms of nouns and verbs, a glossary of important proper nouns, an index of logograms, a sign list with complete sign values, and muchWhat is new in this revised and expanded edition An expanded list of common abbreviationsA thorough bibliography of important reference works in ten categories, including websitesPart One Additional and thorough lists, including dialect information for conjunctions, prepositions, and particlesPart Two Additional nominal and verbal paradigmsPart Three Glossary expanded and updated, content thoroughly documented and cross referencedPart Four Expanded list of logogramsPart Five Complete list of graphic signs as found in Borgers Mesopotamisches Zeichenlexikon, tagged by his new numbering system, and cross referenced to the Deimel system sign information aligned with MZL for logographic values and with MZL and Das akkadische Syllabar for syllabic values graphic sign images now included with the list of determinatives two new indexesCan now be used alongside all major grammars of AkkadianA attractive formatAll data checked against the latest published reference works This is definitely a reference book and not a text book Don t expect to be taught anything, but do expect to be presented with the most densely packed and complete Akkadian grammar and cuneiform reference work you ve probably ever seen.Well, I say don t expect to learn anything If you re the type of person who can readily memorize verb noun paradigm tables, and sign lists, this is your perfect niche product For the rest of us, I can say without equivocation that it s one that ll probably always be within arm s reach on my desk. One of the great, and unavoidable frustrations of Akkadian is its writing system, and it a is time consuming to use Labat or Borger for the beginner b there are differences between the two This book at least offers a stripped down summary of major phonetic readings and logograms, though there are always exceptions to the rule.However, the presentation is in neo Assyrian script which would have been greatly aided by a parallel column of Old Babylonian, since many students first experience of real Akkadian is the OB Hammurapi Code Getting students used to OB is also a way of having an in vivo experience since there are now online reproductions of such texts as photos and why not use them rather than copies.As a solution, printing off one of the now easily accessible OB NA signlists as found in the older literature eg Ungnad s Bab Assyr Keilschriftlesestucke, now online at , p64ff, or Goetze s list in YOS X if a student can get hold of it can take care of this problem to a degree Having to actually annotate the pages of Ungnad is itself a learning exercise If a second edition is every brought out, an OB column could be useful.The lists of normative paradigms and many other grammatical features are also very useful, but nothing replaces a proper understanding of how and why particular grammatical features occur In Akkadian, rote learning is not always possible, and this is where grammars and exercises such as Huehnergard s have found a classic place in the contemporary literature.Also useful is the Glossary of proper names making it clear that everything has a meaning even if it is not Akkadian although limited to the Neo Assyrian, most recent form of the writing, which is rather different from Sumerian and Old Babylonian, for the beginner at least One can convert this into an advantage, an opportunity to memorize new forms of cuneiform.