Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

The 1st UT-Austin International Workshop on Historical and Comparative Semitic Linguistics

13-14 October 2012

Organizers: John Huehnergard and Na’ama Pat-El

The goals of this workshop are to encourage the historical and comparative study of the Semitic languages and to disseminate the results of Semitic linguistics outside the small community of Semitists. Unlike regular conferences, the workshop allows for the presentation of long and complex studies and fosters debates between the participants. Comparative historical Semitic linguistics was once one of the the cornerstones of historical linguistics, of ancient Near East studies, and of biblical studies. Since the heydays of Nöldeke, Wright, Barth, and Brockelmann, however, it has become less central to those fields of study. Through this workshop and similar workshops in the future, we hope to rekindle interest in the study of Semitic linguistics and its relevance to general and historical linguistics and its contribution to the philological study of the ancient world. For these reasons, too, most of the participants have been from a younger generation of scholars.


Daniel Birnstiel (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany)
Lutz Eberhard Edzard (the University of Oslo, Norway)
Rebecca Hasselbach (the University of Chicago, USA)
John Huehnergard (the University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Leonid Kogan (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)
Na'ama Pat-El (the University of Texas at Austin, USA)
David Testen (independent, USA)
Michael Waltisberg (Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany)


Saturday, October 13 2012

Kristen Brustad: Welcome
Na'ama Pat-El: Why historical comparative Semitic linguistics is relevant?

David Testen: The Derivational Underpinnings of the Morphology of the Akkadian Iterative Verb
Respondent: John Huehnergard

Daniel Birnstiel: Causative formation in Arabic
Respondent: Michael Waltisberg

Leonid Kogan: Modern South Arabian as Genealogical Unity: Grammar, Lexicon, or Both - or None?
Respondent: Rebecca Hasselbach

Lutz Edzard: Verbal hendiadys, serial verbs, and the finite/infinite dichotomy in Semitic
Respondent: Ashwini Deo

Michael Waltisberg and Giulia Grassi
: Two Projects on the History of Aramaic Syntax
Respondent: Na'ama Pat-El  


Sunday, October 14 2012

John Huehnergard
: Akkadian e-ness and Semitic Root Integrity
Respondent: Leonid Kogan

Rebecca Hasselbach
: Agreement and the Development of Gender in Semitic
Respondent: Stephen Wechsler

Na'ama Pat-El
: Subordination in Semitic: reconstructing the relative
Respondent: Patience Epps


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