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On Wed, 30 Jan 2002 01:14:27 -0600, Danny Wier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I should've done this originally: the chart of Proto-Semitic consonant
relations
>is here: http://www.bartleby.com/61/JPG/proto.jpg

I see. Looks a bit old-fashioned, but lets one understand what is what.

Sorry, it seems I won't be able to post my promised translation today (the
office where I am now will be disconnected in about half an hour because
of some electric works).

Anyway, my source is:

I. M. Dyakonov, Akkadskij jazyk, - in: Jazyki Azii i Afriki/Semitskie
jazyki. No. IV/1 in the series: Jazyki Azii i Afriki, Moskva, Glavnaja
redakcija vostochnoj literatury, 1991; idem, Vvedenije. Afrazijskie jazyki
- ibid.

I can copy D(y/j)akono(v/ff)'s reconstruction for consonants:

Proto-S.  Old Akkadian dial. Old Bbylonian dial.

p          p                   p
p.         b                   b
b          b                   b
f          p                   p
t          t                   t
t.         t.                  t.
d          d                   d
s          s (?)               s^ (?)
c          c                   c
c.         c.                  c. > c^. (?)
3          3                   3 > z (?)
s`         s' (?)              s^ > s' (?)
c`         c` > s`             s^ > s' (?)
c`.        c^.                 c^. > c. (?)
3`         3`                  3 > z (?)
s^         s^ (?)              s^ (?)
c^         s^ (?)              s^ (?)
c^.        c^.                 c^. (?)
k          k                   k
k.         q                   q
g          g                   g
h_ (etc)   h_                  h_
G          `                   ', 0
h.         h.                  ', 0
`          `                   ', 0
h          ', 0                ', 0
'          ', 0                ', 0
m          m                   m ( > w~)
n          n                   n
l          l                   l
r          r                   r
w          w                   w ( > 0, m)
j          j, 0                j, 0


3 - voiced affricate; ` (as diacritic) = hacek (alveopalatal), (otherwise)
ayin; ' (as diacritic) = acute (palatal), otherwise glottal stop; ^ = caron
(lateral).


Comments later.


Basilius