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John Meighan

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The purpose of the present study is to furnish such a collection of the West Semitic proper names for the investigation of the pronunciation of Hebrew and Aramaic in an early period. In the introductory chapters the writer discusses the question whether the cuneiform scribes were careful to reproduce in the cuneiform renderings the exact pronunciation of the West Semitic names, and whether any of the cuneiform documents should not be included within the scope of that investigation; he further presents the history of West Semitic research in the last three decades, from Pognon to the present date, and discusses the opinions of the scholars who dealt with this problem; he finally investigates the cuneiform renderings of the West Semitic consonants in the Sargonic, Hammurabi, Amarna, Assyrian, and Neo-Babylonian periods. Concerning the vowels,the writer could not arrive at positive conclusions, and therefore preferred not to enter into an investigation of that problem. This view, however, is not shared by his teacher Doctor Hoschander, who believes that negative results are scientifically as important as positive results, and therefore will deal with this problem personally in an appendix to this work.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Room Manuscript. PJ4529 .M45 1917.

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