An Introduction to Ugaritic, by John Huehnergard

It’s brand spanking new and just announced- published by the good folk at Hendrickson:

Highly respected linguist John Huehnergard brings his command of and vast knowledge in the field of comparative Semitic linguistics to this introductory grammar. Every aspect of the grammar is enriched by his broad understanding, while maintaining an unexcelled directness and order to the learning of the fundamental grammar of Ugaritic.

Designed for students already familiar with Biblical Hebrew, this grammar contains the information necessary to help them become proficient in Ugaritic, and includes exercises to assist in learning basic grammar before commencing work with the actual Ugaritic texts. It is set apart from other gram¬mar books by its immense understanding of comparative Semitic grammar, and the concise and accurate manner in which Huehnergard presents the information.

My review is here.

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3 thoughts on “An Introduction to Ugaritic, by John Huehnergard

  1. Jason 10 Oct 2012 at 6:14 pm

    For someone like me, who has studied Hebrew and Greek, would you say that Ugaritic is harder/as hard as/easier than Hebrew and Greek?

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    • Jim 10 Oct 2012 at 8:39 pm

      ugaritic is about the same ‘difficulty’ as hebrew (which of course is a thoroughly subjective estimate since some people can snap up languages and some labor)

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  2. Jason 10 Oct 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I agree that our estimations are relatively subjective; I ask because Hebrew was harder for me because it was a completely new alphabet and very few English cognates whereas Greek at least looked similar and a number of English words are built on Greek ones.

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