Literary Old Babylonian by Shlomo Izre'el and Eran Cohen

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8. 1. 1). 2. When the resulting long vowel is in final position, a shortening rule is applied. 3), views differ regarding the existence of CV:C syllables in Akkadian. It has been shown that there are indications that CV:C syllables do occur in our corpus. There is, however, contradictory evidence regarding the shortening of long vowels in closed syllables. , their vowel shortened: (138) <[t)e-ep-pi-ra-nim> teppircunim ±-te:ppira:nim <—ta+eappir+ai+nim 2+provideVepr~jpv+2PL+DiR 'you,^ provide' (AhB6:14) (139) luhsussu <—lwhsussu *-lu:+ahsus+$u MOD+iSG+thinkVto~pv+3SGMCMP 41 may think it over' (AhC6:4) CV-VC being the normative spelling of such forms,7 vowels in closed syllables are commonly interpreted as short in this environment.

290, 293), as well as from comparison with other OB corpora, it may be suggested that (1) nunation is not deleted in the environment of vocalic length (as against the case of PLM) and that (2) in conformity with mimation, it does not appear in construct-state nouns. 1, there is a diachronic process in which w in word-initial position is deleted progressively. , nasalization) between vowels. This change may result in the emergence of secondary roots. For example, older VwJfr (Vidfr) has already become, by the time of the writing of the following text, >imSr.

2 with ex. 310). External derivational morphemes are used in category conversion. One such morpheme is the adjectival marker/: (ex. 274), indicating also a gentilic relation (ex. 275): (274) mahriœti mahr+i:+ :+at+i front+AW+PL+F+oBL 'first' (C1A4:9') (275) Sumirwm <—Sumir+ii+um S um er+ADJ +NOM 'Sumerian' (Bel8:3') A category conversion from noun to adverb can be made by using the adverbial marker am, usually followed by another adverbial marker: (276) §upra:n uSSu <— supr+ain+um+Su nail+ADV+LADV+3SGMati.

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