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Middle Eastern Studies Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Chicago

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posted: Thursday May 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—John Huehnergard, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the University of Chicago’s 519th Convocation ceremony on June 14.

Huehnergard is a widely admired scholar of Semitic languages and linguistics, historical linguistics, writing systems and ancient Near Eastern history. He is the author of several books and many articles on the history and grammar of the Semitic languages. He concentrates on ancient Semitic languages, especially Akkadian—the cuneiform language of ancient Mesopotamia—Aramaic and Hebrew. He is also interested in theoretical aspects of comparative and historical linguistics, and in the history of writing and literacy.

Among current research projects are a revision of the standard lexicon of biblical Hebrew, with his wife and colleague Jo Ann Hackett, and a book on comparative Semitic grammar. Huehnergard teaches graduate courses on Semitic linguistics and various Semitic languages, and undergraduate courses on the world’s writing systems and on lost languages and decipherment. His work was the topic of a 2012 Festschrift, Language and Nature, co-edited by Rebecca Hasselbach, associate professor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, and Na’ama Pat-El, assistant professor of Hebrew linguistics at UT Austin.

Huehnergard is one of seven distinguished scholars to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago. Go to this website for more information.

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