An Akkadian inscription Old Assyrian developed as well during the second millennium BC, but because it was a purely popular language — kings wrote in Babylonian — few long texts are preserved. Akkadian became the lingua franca of the ancient Near East, but started to be replaced by Aramaic by the 8th century BC.
Eblaite is even more archaic, retaining a productive dual and a relative pronoun declined in case, number and gender. From BC onwards, the language is termed Middle Assyrian.
Over 20, cuneiform tablets in Old Akkadian have been recovered from the Kultepe site in Anatolia. The latest positively identified Akkadian text comes from the 1st century AD.
Under the AchaemenidsAramaic continued to prosper, but Assyrian continued its decline. At its apogee, Middle Babylonian was the written language of diplomacy of the entire ancient Orient, including Egypt.
Cuneiform was in many ways unsuited to Akkadian: On the other hand, Assyrian developed certain innovations as well, such as the "Assyrian vowel harmony" which is not comparable to that found in Turkish or Finnish.
The latest known text in cuneiform Babylonian is an astronomical text dated to 75 AD. In addition, cuneiform was a syllabary writing system—i. In many ways the process of adapting the Sumerian script to the Akkadian language resembles the way the Chinese script was adapted to write Japanese.
Akkadian is divided into several varieties based on geography and historical period: Another peculiarity of Akkadian cuneiform is that many signs do not have a well-defined phonetic value.
At the same time, many Sumerian words were borrowed into Akkadian, and Sumerian logograms were given both Sumerian and Akkadian readings. They include mythology, legal and scientific texts, correspondence and so on.
Akkadian, like Japanese, was polysyllabic and used a range of inflections while Sumerian, like Chinese, had few inflections.
Both of these are often used for the same syllable in the same text. In the beginning, from around BC, Akkadian and Aramaic were of equal status, as can be seen in the number of copied texts: The Kassites, who reigned for years, gave up their own language in favor of Akkadian, but they had little influence on the language.
After that it continued to be used mainly by scholars and priests and the last known example of written Akkadian dates from the 1st century AD. Most of the archaeological evidence is typical of Anatolia rather than of Assyria, but the use of both cuneiform and the dialect is the best indication of Assyrian presence.
During the Middle Bronze Age Old Assyrian and Old Babylonian periodthe language virtually displaced Sumerian, which is assumed to have been extinct as a living language by the 18th century BC. However, the language was still used in its written form; and even after the Greek invasion under Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, Akkadian was still a contender as a written language, but spoken Akkadian was likely extinct by this time, or at least rarely used.Key to a Grammar of Akkadian (Harvard Semitic Monographs) (English and Akkadian Edition) Not Indicated Edition.
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The present study of Old Akkadian writing and grammar is based on sources fully listed and discussed in the Glossary of Old Akkadian published in as MAD III.
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