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12297R: [ANE-2] Re: determinatives - sumerian

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  • manuel ceccarelli
    Mar 12, 2010
      I think the variants {gesz}nu2 and nu2 point to a reading /gesznu/ for NU2, which is also listed in ProtoEa, 843. So I think Attinger is right in reading NU2 as gesznu3 and interpreting gesz as a phonetic complement.
      Manuel Cecarelli

      --- Mer 10/3/10, dafoxvog <foxvog@...> ha scritto:

      Da: dafoxvog <foxvog@...>
      Oggetto: [ANE-2] Re: determinatives - sumerian
      A: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Data: Mercoledì 10 marzo 2010, 22:08


      One kind of practical evidence for non-pronunciation of determinatives can be found in early texts in which determinatives are to some extent optional or at least not consistently used. The ED IIIb Girsu (Lagash I) administrative corpus provides many instances. For example, the names of many individuals which begin with the name of a deity were written both with and without an initial divine determinative.

      For {gesz}nu2 rather than gesz-nu2, at least in these early texts, compare three lines from DP 490: 1 nu2 {gesz}taskarin esz2 ak (i 1), 1 {gesz}nu2 {gesz}taskarin esz2 nu-ak (ii 1), 1 {gesz}sag-erim2 nu2 (iv 5).

      DP 427 i 1-3 itemizes parts of beds: 4 {gesz}gi-gid2 {gesz}ur2 {gesz}zi nu2, 2 gesz}gi-gid2 {gesz}ur2 sag-erim2 nu2, 2 {gesz}gi-gid2 {gesz}ur2 umbin nu2.

      See further D. Frayne, BiOr 42 (1985) 20 (citing P. Michalowski, Diss. Yale [1976] 47), for an Ur III example: siskur {gesz}nu2 gub-ba for which a parallel text (BIN 3, 382:4) writes siskur nu2 gub-ba '(x animals), offerings for the setting up of the bed'.

      Daniel A Foxvog
      Lecturer in Assyriology (ret.)
      Univ. of California at Berkeley

      --- In ANE-2@yahoogroups. com, "A. Ulshoefer" <aulshoef@.. .> wrote:
      > Dear Listmembers,
      > Are there any recent studies on sumerian determinatives?
      > Falling upon the sumerian word for "bed" (gisz.nu2 (or na2), which years
      > ago I learned as "Det. gisz" + na/u2", I found it now in e-PSD listed as
      > normalized gesznud.
      > Re-thinking determinatives, I came across Edzard´s Statement (Sumerian
      > -Grammar, P. 9): "Determinatives can be proven not to have been
      > pronounced (although doubt may exist in specific instances)".
      > Does anyone know the evidence for non-pronounciation of determinatives?
      > Thanks for any help,
      > Andrea Ulshoefer
      > Ev.-Theol. Seminar
      > Univ. Bonn, Germany

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