E. Cancik-Kirschbaum/J.C. Johnson(eds.)
Encoding metalinguistic awareness: Ancient Mesopotamia and Beyond.
Berliner Beiträge zum Vorderen Orient, Band 29

Format: 24,5 x 17,5 cm — Hardcover
Umfang: 226 Seiten

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ISBN: 978-3-935012-40-9
Preis: 33,80 €
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With contributions by P. Delnero, J.C. Johnson, E. Cancik-Kirschbaum, I. Hajnal, A. Payne, J.S. Pettersson, F. Rochberg, L. Wilhelmi und M. Worthington.

Long recognised as one of the most promising arenas for the history of notation, the cuneiform textual record (Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, 3300 BCE–200 CE) offers a massive array of text-artifactual materials that speak directly to questions of metalinguistic function and metapragmatic awareness.
Encoding Metalinguistic Awareness: Ancient Mesopotamia and Beyond includes nine papers from leading specialists on the ways in which cuneiform and neighbouring writing systems encode both metalinguistic and metapragmatic information and function. This volume delves into a host of pressing questions: how do parts of a written text identify the genre or contextualise other parts? To what degree can be recognise the categories that the ancients applied to their world in semantic determinatives? How can frozen syllabic writings take on quasi-logographic functions? How can we use below-the-radar linguistic features to locate written texts in a chronological framework?

These are just a few of questions dealt with in this volume, a volume that summarises recent research and also proposes a host of new hypotheses for the history of notation-driven awareness in the ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean in antiquity.