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Dictionary of ancient Assyrian language finished

Scholars at the University of Chicago have completed a dictionary of the Assyrian languange, listing 28,000 words that haven’t been used in over 2,000 years.

The raw material for the dictionary was the millions of still-surviving cuneiform tablets recovered from ruins of Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian and other ancient Near Eastern Mesopotamian civilizations.

Since the project began, scholars worldwide who read and study the clay tablets have sent their translations to Chicago. Oriental Institute lexicographers carefully noted the use of each word on each tablet on more than 2 million index cards, assembling multiple meanings of single words by noting contexts in which the word was used in the original texts.

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Story: William Mullen, Chicago Tribune | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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  1. there are many assyrians living in many countries,they speak,write and read assyrian language,I am proud to be an assyrian

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