Workbook of Cuneiform Signs (Aids and Research Tools in Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

Workbook of Cuneiform Signs (Aids and Research Tools in Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

Daniel C. Snell


necessary publication to aid one making plans on studying Akkadian/cuneiform grammar--this is a workbook for memorizing the syllabary

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Daniel Snell's Workbook of Cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be super invaluable in my introductory experiences within the Akkadian language. frequently, works masking matters resembling cuneiform writing and popularity turn out to be extra in response to a reference paintings than a autonomous student's consultant. even if, this particularly reasonably cheap instructional for writing and memorizing nearly one hundred ten cuneiform indicators has confirmed to be not just straight forward, yet hugely effective.

I firstly accomplished the publication over the process 3 months a couple of yr in the past. while i started learning the Epic of Gilgamesh in Simo Parpola's paintings, i discovered that I had retained approx. 25% of the knowledge within the workbook (even after a 12 months of being clear of general touch with the signs). i started facing the workbook a moment time beginning in October, and that i came across that it in basic terms took 20-30 days to accomplish with a lot of the data simply coming again to me.

Snell's procedure is easy, but potent. He introduces the indicators so as of similarity (not not like a regular Akkadian signal checklist (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely the best way to draw each one signal step-by-step. Following preliminary perform of every signal, the scholar plays easy routines from transliteration to cuneiform and vice versa. on the finish of every part, there's an examination that assessments the clients wisdom of the symptoms discovered to that juncture. there's a accomplished examination on the finish of the ebook as well.

All in all, i've got advised this workbook to seminary scholars that experience both taken a semester of Akkadian or are planning on doing so. it's a useful instrument that turns out to set up a scientific approach for studying a fancy writing procedure. hugely recommended.

Joshua Bowen

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Amazon Reviews:
A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM indicators. Aids and learn instruments in historic close to japanese reports No.3. via Daniel C. Snell. a hundred and forty pp. Malibu : Undena courses, 1979. ISBN 0-890003-058-8 (pbk.)
The writer tells us that the assumption for this workbook got here from the 'Japanese Kana Workbook' via P. G. O'Neill (Palo Alto and Tokyo : Kodansha foreign 1967), a hugely profitable workbook for educating the japanese syllabary.
Snell's cuneiform workbook supplies an analogous process programmed guideline that teaches the a hundred and ten most often used cuneiform indicators. It teaches the traditional Neo-Assyrian signal varieties, and a mode encouraging lively use of the indicators is gifted because an energetic wisdom of the indicators will stick with the scholar longer.
The symptoms are divided into 8 sections. every one part comprises step by step routines and ends with a quiz reviewing all of the indicators provided. appendices offer an alphabetic record of values taught and a listing of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic learn through scholars in starting Akkadian sessions and gives a realistic and systematic creation to the cuneiform writing process. it's going to be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The ebook measures 8.5 through 11.0 inches, is well-printed on robust paper, and is certain in a robust wrapper. In either layout and technique it follows O'Neill's renowned and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a wonderful ebook which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers basically one hundred ten indicators, it won't after all flip the person right into a full-fledged scribe. however it can be of worth to novices in cuneiform, and it's going to aid dispel many of the secret which surrounds the attractive yet advanced cuneiform signs.
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5.0 out of five stars very good November five, 2004
By Recep Sami Ciner
I newly bought this publication. Intuitevely you'll get into memorising cuneiform characters with the aid of this workbook. with out noticing i've got come to discover that i've got memorised approximately forty cuneiforms in an afternoon. I want a few extra complicated workbooks equivalent to this is able to be released to aid us to development into changing into complete scribes. I totally recommend.
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5.0 out of five stars one of the simplest ways To studying Cuneiform March 10, 2007
By Jim
I believe the former comments.

I'm attempting to examine Akkadian with assistance from Huehnergard's very good Grammar of Akkadian, and recognize little or no of cuneiform.

Snell's workbook doesn't educate you grammar yet is really easy to take advantage of by itself as an reduction to examining and writing cuneiform, drills you bit by bit (one signal at a time), may be learn in snatches in your spare time, doesn't have pretensions , and, all in all, is well-produced.

The e-book looms better than its fee (though I received it from a distinct seller).

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