GELB, Ignace Jeremiah

   Polish-born American Assyriologist, based at the University of Chicago, where he initiated the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary project. He was particularly interested in Akkadian language and grammar (Old Akkadian Writing and Grammar, 1952) and the development of writing (A Study of Writing: The Foundations of Grammatology, 1952).

Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia. . 2012.

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  • AKKADIAN —    As a modern linguistic term it refers to various Semitic dialects spoken in Mesopotamia over a period of 2,000 years (such as Old Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian). In antiquity, scribes differentiated between texts written in the “tongue of… …   Historical Dictionary of Mesopotamia

  • HURRIAN — The term Hurrian denotes a language of the ancient Near East and the people who spoke it. The core area inhabited by Hurrian speaking people was the region of the upper Ñabur and Tigris Rivers, together with the piedmont beyond, extending into… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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