A Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts (Aids and Research by John L. Hayes

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The cuneiform sign which represents this name can also be read engur, which lexical texts equate with the Akkadian apsu, the "watery deep" (see Lesson 14). The cuneiform sign may be an abstract representation of this deep. In some older Sumerological works, the two readings of this sign (Nammu and engyr) were not clearly differentiated. Therefore, the name of the founder of the Ur III Dynasty sometimes appears as Ur-Engur, or Ur-Gur. UrimS In English, "Ur". One of the more famous cities in southern Mesopotamia; the city after which the Ur III period is named.

In a few other cases, Sumerian adds the word for "female" (munus) after a noun. For example, dumu can either mean "son" (masculine) or "child" (masculine or feminine); dumu-munus is specifically "female child", hence "daughter". 2. nin is used here to refer to the male god Nanna. For convenience sake, nin in such contexts may be translated as "lord". S umerian has no definite or indefinite article. For example, � can mean "a house" or "the house". a(k) forms a "genitive phrase". The formation of the genitive in S umerian is quite different from the formations in Semitic or in Indo-European.

The reason this question is still unresolved is because of ambiguities in the writing system. At various points in this book, different pieces of evidence will be cited, some of which seem to indicate that word-final consonants were pronounced, and some of which seem to indicate that word-final consonants were not pronounced. ill , and a "short" value, which does not (kala, UriS ' ill . i [without diacritic]. This annoying situation is partially due to the fact that indices were originally assigned on the basis of frequency in Akkadian, not Sumerian.

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