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Analysing Literary Sumerian

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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.

Published: Apr 1, 2007

Section Chapter Authors
Preface Jarle Ebeling, Graham Cunningham
Contributors Jarle Ebeling, Graham Cunningham
Abbreviations Jarle Ebeling, Graham Cunningham
Symbols and conventions Jarle Ebeling, Graham Cunningham
Chronological table Jarle Ebeling, Graham Cunningham
Introduction to the study of Sumerian Jeremy Black †, Gabor Zolyomi
Corpora, corpus linguistics and the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature Jarle Ebeling
The Vocabulary of Literary Sumerian: a corpus-driven investigation Jarle Ebeling
Case Studies
In the company of ni2 'self' and 'fear(someness)' Graham Cunningham
Pre-verbal /n/:function, distribution, and stability Paul Delnero
The meaning and function of multiword-verb combinations with and without ak 'to do' Jarle Ebeling
On divine-referent bull metaphors in the ETCSL corpus Laura Feldt
Gendered literacy and numeracy in the Sumerian literary corpus Eleanor Robson
The polysemy and productivity of the formative element nam in Old Babylonian literary Sumerian Balint Tanos
A quantitative analysis of the Sumerian proverb collections Jon Taylor
Variation in the multiword expression igi bar in the Old Babylonian period Gabor Zolyomi
A catalogue of Sumerian literature (based on Miguel Civil's catalogue of Sumerian Literature) Graham Cunningham

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