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date: 30 November 2022

Sumerianlocked

Sumerianlocked

  • Stephanie Dalley

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Sumerian is the earliest known language of ancient *Mesopotamia, written on clay and stone in *cuneiform script. Unrelated to other known languages, it is agglutinative and ergative. Largely superseded by (Semitic) *Akkadian, it was used for some religious and literary purposes into the Seleucid period.

Subjects

  • Linguistics
  • Near East

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