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O how bitter is the departure,

How hard and bitter the separation,

That separates a mother from her children,

And a bearer from her beloved ones. 38 more words

Isaac Of Antioch

"Conditions are Topics": Semitic *in as topicalizer

In 1978, the linguist John Haiman pioneered a study on the typology of conditional statements in language. Not least by demonstrating that the definitions of “conditional” do not work cross-linguistically—some “conditional” sentences in English are not “conditional” in the Hua language of Papua New Guinea, and vice versa—he noted that “conditionals” were poorly and superficially defined. 889 more words

Digital Syriac Corpus

Via PaleoJudaica (in turn reblogging AWOL): The Digital Syriac Corpus has been around for some time, and is starting to have a significant corpus of digitized Syriac texts available for free on its website. 136 more words


The Wisdom of Saint Isaac the Syrian, translated by Sebastian Brock [review]

Careful observers of the Word for the Way series may have noticed a trend in the sourcing of my quotations from St. Isaac. That is, all of them to date have come from… 517 more words

Word For The Way

Syriac Grammar Chapter 3 is Now Up

I have just posted chapter 3 of my free online grammar of Classical Syriac in the Estrangela Script (https://markfrancois.wordpress.com/syriac-grammar/).  This chapter covers some basic signs used in writing, nouns, possessive ܕ, prepositions, the conjunction ܘ, and verbless clauses. 49 more words