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

By Daniel C. Snell

Precious publication to help 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 tremendous priceless in my introductory reports within the Akkadian language. usually, works overlaying matters comparable to cuneiform writing and popularity turn out to be extra based on a reference paintings than a self reliant student's consultant. although, this relatively reasonably cheap instructional for writing and memorizing nearly a hundred and ten cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be not just elementary, yet hugely effective.

I at the start accomplished the booklet over the process 3 months a few yr in the past. whilst 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 standard 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 conveniently coming again to me.

Snell's process is straightforward, but powerful. He introduces the symptoms so as of similarity (not not like a typical Akkadian signal record (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely the way to draw every one signal step-by-step. Following preliminary perform of every signal, the scholar plays easy workouts 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 realized to that juncture. there's a finished examination on the finish of the ebook as well.

All in all, i've got urged this workbook to seminary scholars that experience both taken a semester of Akkadian or are planning on doing so. it really is a useful software that turns out to set up a scientific technique for studying a posh writing approach. hugely recommended.

Joshua Bowen

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A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM symptoms. Aids and learn instruments in historical close to jap 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 overseas 1967), a hugely profitable workbook for instructing the japanese syllabary.
Snell's cuneiform workbook provides an identical process programmed guide that teaches the one hundred ten most often used cuneiform symptoms. It teaches the normal Neo-Assyrian signal varieties, and a style encouraging energetic use of the symptoms is gifted in view that an energetic wisdom of the indicators will stick with the coed longer.
The symptoms are divided into 8 sections. every one part comprises step by step routines and ends with a quiz reviewing the entire symptoms provided. appendices offer an alphabetic record of values taught and a listing of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic examine through scholars in starting Akkadian sessions and gives a realistic and systematic advent to the cuneiform writing process. it may be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The e-book measures 8.5 through 11.0 inches, is well-printed on powerful paper, and is certain in a robust wrapper. In either layout and strategy it follows O'Neill's well known and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a wonderful ebook which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers purely one hundred ten symptoms, it won't after all flip the person right into a full-fledged scribe. however it should be of price to novices in cuneiform, and it's going to aid dispel a few of the secret which surrounds the attractive yet complex 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 booklet. 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 reminiscent of this may be released to help us to development into changing into complete scribes. I totally recommend.
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5.0 out of five stars one of the best ways To studying Cuneiform March 10, 2007
By Jim
I accept as true with the former comments.

I'm attempting to research Akkadian with assistance from Huehnergard's first-class Grammar of Akkadian, and be aware of little or no of cuneiform.

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

The publication looms greater than its expense (though I received it from a special seller).

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