R. K. Englund, Spring 2013: ANE240a


First day of class will be Wednesday the 5th of April.

ANE 240a: Advanced Sumerian (686-298-200)Sumerian literature of the Old Babylonian period, with emphasis on grammar and cuneiform script. Reading of Schooldays A, a literary inscription of intermediate difficulty from the early 2nd millennium BC; in addition, several examples of 22nd century sumerian royal inscriptions.
Seminar: W 4:00-7:00 PM
Rm Gelb Library
Office hours: We 3-4 PM, Humanities 396,
or appointment 825 8506 or englund@ucla.edu.
Readings:
  • ETCSL 5.1.1 (currently empty)
  • Witnesses in CDLI
  • Download witness handcopies
  • Samuel N. Kramer, ‘Schooldays: A Sumerian Composition relating to the Education of a Scribe.’ JAOS 69/4 (1949) 199-215
  • Ur-Baba
  • The Utu-hegal inscription
  • CIRPL cold readings
  • Research tools:
    General introduction:
  • W. H. Ph. Römer, Einführung in die Sumerologie (Nijmegen 1982)

    Dictionaries:

  • Ake Sjöberg, ed., The Sumerian Dictionary (Philadelphia 1984ff. [A/1-2 and B have appeared])
  • A. Deimel, Sumerisches Lexikon (Rome 1928ff.)
  • ePSD

    Signlists:

  • R. Labat, Manuel d'épigraphie akkadienne (6th ed. Paris 1988)
  • Rykle Borger, Assyrisch-babylonische Zeichenliste (=AOAT 33; Neukirchen-Vluyn 1978)
  • Rykle Borger, Mesopotamische Zeichenliste (=AOAT 305; Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2003 1978)
  • M. Green / H. J. Nissen, Zeichenliste der Archaische Texte aus Uruk (=Archaische Texte aus Uruk 2; Berlin 1987)
  • A. Deimel, Liste der archaischen Keilschriftzeichen (=WVDOG 40; Berlin 1922)
  • Y. Rosengarten, Répertoire commenté des signes présargoniques sumériens de Lagash (Paris 1967)

    Grammars:

  • Arno Poebel, Grundzüge der sumerischen Grammatik (Rostock 1923 [published by the author])
  • Adam Falkenstein, Grammatik der Sprache Gudeas von Lagasch (=Analecta Orientalia 28-29, Rome 1949-50; Addenda Edzard/Farber/Mayer, AnOr. 29a, Rome 1978)
  • Adam Falkenstein, Das Sumerische (=Handbuch der Orientalistik ...; Leiden 1959)
  • Edmond Sollberger, Le système verbal dans les inscriptions 'royales' présargoniques de Lagash (Geneva 1952)
  • Thorkild Jacobsen, “Introduction to the Chicago Grammatical Texts,” in: MSL IV (1956) 1*-50*
  • Thorkild Jacobsen, “About the Sumerian Ver,” in: Assyriological Studies 16 (1965) 71-102
  • Marie-Louise Thomsen, The Sumerian Language (=Mesopotamia: Copenhagen Studies in Assyriology 10; Akademisk Vorlag: Copenhagen 1984)
  • Dietz Otto Edzard, Sumerian Grammar (=Handbuch der Orientalistik 71; Leiden: Brill, 2003)
  • Specific studies in particular Gragg, Edzard, Yoshikawa, Krecher, Attinger, Zolyomi (cf. the bibliography in Edzard)
  • Grading:
  • Class participation, presentation of a topic of grammar or lexicon.
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