Linguistic Introduction: The Orthography, Morphology and Syntax of Semitic Languages

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Part of the Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing book series (NLP)

Abstract

We present in this chapter some basic linguistic facts about Semitic languages, covering orthography, morphology, and syntax. We focus on Arabic (both standard and dialectal), Ethiopian languages (specifically, Amharic), Hebrew, Maltese and Syriac. We conclude the chapter with a contrastive analysis of some of these phenomena across the various languages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Beth Mardutho: The Syriac InstitutePiscatawayUSA
  5. 5.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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