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Offline Asshur

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Syriac's origin
« on: March 08, 2015, 02:30:50 PM »
Can someone explain if Syriac's roots are indeed traced back to Akkadian or Aramaic language? I read somewhere that it's an aramaic language but influence by Akkadian

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Re: Syriac's origin
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2015, 03:49:03 PM »
Syriac is a dialect of Middle Aramaic, and yes there are Akkadian elements to it. The origins of it comes from the Aramaeans of course, who probably originally came from Arabia
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Re: Syriac's origin
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2015, 04:08:40 PM »
Syriac (and its spoken dialects) is an Aramaic language, like other languages coming from Aramaic, Syriac has its characteristics
Because most of his speaker originate from an Akkadian background, it retained some (little) vocabulary and grammatical forms (very few) dating back to Akkadian.
Also, it has a lot of vocabulary coming from Greek...
Just like Mesopotamian/Levantine Arabic retained some vocabulary and grammatical forms from Syriac/Aramaic... Or How Talmudic Aramaic is influenced by Hebrew...
However like all Semitics languages, it shares similarities with other Semitic languages and especially with Hebrew.
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Re: Syriac's origin
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Re: Syriac's origin
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2015, 05:58:57 PM »
To add a bit of history, Syriac originated in Mesopotamia as an unwritten dialect...

Looking in Wikipedia - the first evidence of the Syriac dialect of Aramaic starting popping up in the 5th century BC (490s B.C. till 400s)

Sad to say that there's no citation/source on that info so it could be wrong.

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Re: Syriac's origin
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2015, 08:54:46 AM »
          Old Aramaic
                   Middle Aramaic or Syriac
                                     Assyrian Neo-Aramaic/Turoyo/Senaya/Lishanid Noshan/etc
« Last Edit: May 04, 2015, 08:57:09 AM by privatebenjamin »
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