I'm not really specialized in emesal but somehow I have the impression that it, perhaps similar to the UD.GAL.NUN writing system, is not far from a cryptography derived from "standard" Sumerian (cf. Krebernik, OBO 160/1, p. 309).
Regarding Prof Parpola's article, I'm more interested in his suggestion:
"The non-Uralic features of Sumerian, such as the ergative construction and the prefix chains of the verb, can be explained as special developments of Sumerian in an entirely new linguistic environment after its separation from the other Uralic languages."
Any comments from the list? Many thanks.
Dr. Xianhua Wang
Department of History
Beijing 100871, China
发件人： Brian Colless
发送时间： 2011-06-09 22:45:56
主题： [ANE-2] Sumerian as Uralic
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