14170Re: [ANE-2] Sumerian 'me' - Akkadian 'melammu'
- Mar 15 11:01 AMAccording to "A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian" by Black, George, and Postgate (2000), Akkadian 'melammu' meaning "shining garment" derives from 'melemmu', "fearsome radiance" (as of deity, demon, planet/star, or king), ultimately from Sumerian. According to "Sumerian Lexicon" by Halloran (2006), the Sumerian original would seem to be 'me-lam2/lem4' or 'me-lem3', meaning "terrifying glance; splendor, radiance" rather than 'me' ("essence, function, office"). But perhaps the two Sumerian words are related?
From: Xianhua <e2waxi@...>
To: ANE-2 <ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Sumerian 'me' - Akkadian 'melammu'
I think Prof Vladimir Emelianov at St. Petersburg University in Russia is the one to ask.
Prof. Xianhua Wang, PhD
School of History and Culture
Sichuan University, CHINA
At 11:06 on 2012-03-15, "sujuca2"<cjsulz@...> wrote:
>Dear list members,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>Can anyone enlighten me as to whether there is any relationship between Sumerian 'me' and Akkadian 'melammu'? These concepts both seem to be divine qualities that can be tagged on to persons and objects. Is there a lexical relationship between the words? Is there an evolution from the Sumerian concept onto the Akkadian one? I have looked at CAD, but that doesn't go further than suggesting that it is a Sumerian loan word.
>Any help (and references) would be greatly appreciated.
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