By Daniel C. Snell
Necessary publication to aid one making plans on studying Akkadian/cuneiform grammar--this is a workbook for memorizing the syllabary
Daniel Snell's Workbook of Cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be super precious in my introductory experiences within the Akkadian language. usually, works overlaying topics corresponding to cuneiform writing and popularity turn out to be extra based on a reference paintings than a autonomous student's consultant. in spite of the fact that, this fairly reasonably cheap instructional for writing and memorizing nearly one hundred ten cuneiform indicators has confirmed to be not just elementary, yet hugely effective.
I at the beginning accomplished the ebook over the process 3 months a few yr in the past. while 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 common touch with the signs). i started facing the workbook a moment time beginning in October, and that i discovered that it purely took 20-30 days to accomplish with a lot of the knowledge effortlessly coming again to me.
Snell's process is straightforward, but potent. He introduces the symptoms so as of similarity (not not like a regular Akkadian signal checklist (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely find out how to draw each 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 exams the clients wisdom of the symptoms discovered to that juncture. there's a entire examination on the finish of the booklet as well.
All in all, i've got steered this workbook to seminary scholars that experience both taken a semester of Akkadian or are planning on doing so. it's a useful instrument that turns out to set up a scientific technique for studying a fancy writing method. hugely recommended.
A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM indicators. Aids and study instruments in historic close to jap reports No.3. through Daniel C. Snell. one hundred forty pp. Malibu : Undena guides, 1979. ISBN 0-890003-058-8 (pbk.)
The writer tells us that the belief for this workbook got here from the 'Japanese Kana Workbook' through P. G. O'Neill (Palo Alto and Tokyo : Kodansha overseas 1967), a hugely profitable workbook for instructing the japanese syllabary.
Snell's cuneiform workbook offers the same process programmed guideline that teaches the a hundred and 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 seeing that an lively wisdom of the symptoms will stick with the scholar longer.
The indicators are divided into 8 sections. every one part comprises step by step workouts and ends with a quiz reviewing the entire indicators offered. appendices supply an alphabetic record of values taught and an inventory of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic learn through scholars in starting Akkadian periods and gives a realistic and systematic advent to the cuneiform writing approach. it's going to be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The booklet measures 8.5 by way of 11.0 inches, is well-printed on powerful paper, and is certain in a strong wrapper. In either layout and method it follows O'Neill's renowned and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a superb e-book which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers basically one hundred ten indicators, it won't after all flip the consumer right into a full-fledged scribe. however it could be of price to rookies in cuneiform, and it may aid dispel the various secret which surrounds the attractive yet complex cuneiform signs.
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I newly bought this booklet. Intuitevely you'll get into memorising cuneiform characters with assistance from this workbook. with no 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 equivalent to this might be released to aid us to development into changing into complete scribes. I totally recommend.
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I believe the former comments.
I'm attempting to study Akkadian with assistance from Huehnergard's first-class Grammar of Akkadian, and recognize little or no of cuneiform.
Snell's workbook doesn't educate you grammar yet is really easy to exploit by itself as an reduction to analyzing and writing cuneiform, drills you bit by bit (one signal at a time), should be learn in snatches in your spare time, doesn't have pretensions , and, all in all, is well-produced.
The ebook looms greater than its cost (though I obtained it from a unique seller).