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Northwest Semitic Languages

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Author(s): John Hühnergard
  1. NorthwestThe Northwest Semitic Languages The term ‘Northwest Semitic’ is the traditional designation of a group of languages comprising Ugaritic, the Canaanite dialects, and the Aramaic dialects. Ugaritic is the language of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Rās Šamra, on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean in Syria). The roughly eleven hundred Ugaritic texts are written in an alphabetic cuneiform script on clay tablets; unlike other Semitic alphabets, the Ugaritic script reads from left to right. In addition to …
Date: 2018-04-01