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Language Situations in Syria-Palestine between 1500 and 500 B.C.: The Emergence of Northwest Semitic

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Despite intensive research, the so-called “Northwest Semitic” family,which includes Canaanite and Aramaic, continues to be an elusive concept. This lecture will attempt to enrich historical-comparative approaches with ideas taken from dialect geography and sociolinguistics in order to depict the complex linguistic map of ancient Syria-Palestine. Rather than identifying features of “Northwest Semitic” as such, it will try to outline the process in which languages like Hebrew and Phoenician took shape over time.

This talk is part of the Semitic Philology Lecture series.

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