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Altorientalische Forschungen

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Volume 39, Issue 2


On the Lexical Background of the Amarna Glosses

Juan-Pablo Vita
  • Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Instituto de lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y, Madrid, Spanien
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Published Online: 2013-07-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/aofo.2012.0019


The gloss phenomenon is one aspect of the Amarna letters that has attracted much interest from scholars. Most studies on these glosses have focused on linguistic features, while comparatively few have attempted to understand their cultural background. Based on the identification of a number of glosses that appear to be unnecessary from a functional point of view, this paper tentatively postulates that these types of glosses could be elements that scribes extracted from lexical lists that they had used in their training with the purpose of hinting at their professional background.

Keywords: Neo-Assyrian inscription; glosses; lexical texts

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Published Online: 2013-07-26

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Altorientalische Forschungen, Volume 39, Issue 2, Pages 278–286, ISSN (Print) 0232-8461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/aofo.2012.0019.

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