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1964Re: [ANE-2] "Tablets of Shuruppak"

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  • Tomas Marik
    Jul 12, 2006
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      Shuruppak is the ancient name of Fara. For an exhaustive overview see
      Manfred Krebernik, Die Texte aus Fara und Tell Abu Salabih, in: Josef
      Bauer - Robert K. Englund - Manfred Krebernik, Mesopotamien.
      Späturuk-Zeit und Frühdynastische Zeit, Freiburg - Göttingen 1998 [OBO
      160/1], pp. 237-427.
      Their obscurity is obviously based on the fact that these texts contain
      the very first (ED IIIa) attestations of a Semitic language (e.g.
      personal names, loanwords in Sumerian, words in wordlists and even the
      first literary text), all of the grammatical stuff points to Akkadian.

      Tomas Marik

      Peter T. Daniels wrote:

      >In a very bad book, *A History of Reading* by Steven Roger Fischer
      >(2003), I find some bizarre assertions about cuneiform writing backed
      >up by references to "the Tablets of Shuruppak." CANE tells me that this
      >presumably refers to the Eblaite-like early Semitic texts from Fara
      >(studied by Bob Biggs alongside those from Abu Salabikh, which received
      >renewed attention with the discovery of the Ebla texts), though the
      >phrase is not used by Assyriologists.
      >Google tells me that the phrase appears a few times in webpages of
      >fundamentalists and Mormons, but none of these appear to give the
      >source of the term or what was believed to have been contained in them.
      >Can anyone explain where these tablets were discussed after their
      >initial discovery (and, one hopes, publication) that they could have
      >become a rather obscure component of ANE folklore?
      >[I only just discovered this third volume of Fischer's, after *A
      >History of Language* (1999) and *A History of Writing* (2001) -- which
      >latter I was allotted 500 words in the _Times Higher_ to deprecate; I
      >considered typing out his 11 pages on Mesopotamian reading for the
      >general amusement and hilarity of ANE List, but it would take rather
      >too long. Inexplicably, these three volumes are in the series
      >"Globalities" published by Reaktion, a series edited by the reputable
      >historian Jeremy Black [not my late friend the Sumerologist Jeremy A.
      >Black], once again illustrating the lack of respect shown linguistic
      >topics by scholars in other fields that has recently been discussed at
      >LINGUIST List, and less recently here, with reference to the journals
      >*Nature* and *Science*.)
      >Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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