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INTRODUCTION TO SUMERIAN GRAMMARDANIEL A FOXVOGLECTURER IN ASSYRIOLOGY (RETIRED)UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEYRevised June 2014

CONTENTSPREFACE3THE SUMERIAN WRITING SYSTEM4TABLE OF SYLLABIC SIGN VALUES16PHONOLOGY18NOUNS AND ADJECTIVES23THE NOMINAL CHAIN28PRONOUNS AND DEMONSTRATIVES31SUMMARY OF PERSONAL PRONOUN FORMS38THE ADNOMINAL CASES: GENITIVE AND EQUATIVE39THE COPULA46ADVERBS AND NUMERALS51THE ADVERBAL CASES54INTRODUCTION TO THE VERB61DIMENSIONAL PREFIXES 1: INTRODUCTION69DIMENSIONAL PREFIXES 2: DATIVE73DIMENSIONAL PREFIXES 3: COMITATIVE, ABLATIVE-INSTRUMENTAL, TERMINATIVE78CORE PREFIXES: ERGATIVE, LOCATIVE-TERMINATIVE, LOCATIVE83THE VENTIVE ELEMENT90RELATIVE CLAUSES: THE NOMINALIZING SUFFIX -a95PREFORMATIVES (MODAL PREFIXES)102THE IMPERATIVE109IMPERFECTIVE FINITE VERBS117PARTICIPLES AND THE INFINITIVE127APPENDIX: CHART OF VERBAL PREFIX CHAIN ELEMENTS150APPENDIX: THE EMESAL DIALECT151INDEX152EXERCISES1532

PREFACEEntia non sunt multiplicandapraeter necessitatemWilliam of OckhamThis grammar is intended primarily for use in the first year of university study underthe guidance of a teacher who can describe the classic problems in greater detail, addcurrent alternative explanations for phenomena, help the student parse and understandthe many textual illustrations found throughout, and provide supplementary informationabout the history of the language and the culture of early Mesopotamia. A few exerciseshave been provided to accompany study of the lessons, some artificial, others drawn fromactual texts. Both require vocabulary lookup from the companion Elementary SumerianGlossary or its equivalent. Upon completing this introduction, the student will be wellprepared to progress to sign learning and reading of texts. Konrad Volk's A SumerianReader (Studia Pohl Series Maior 18, Rome, 1997-) is a good beginning.This introduction may also be of benefit to those who have already learned some Sumerianmore or less inductively through the reading of simple royal inscriptions and who wouldnow like a more structured review of its grammar, with the help of abundant textualillustrations, from something a bit more practical and pedagogically oriented than theavailable reference grammars.Cross-references have often been provided throughout to sections in Marie-Louise Thomsen's earlier standard The Sumerian Langauge (Copenhagen, 19872), where additionalinformation and further examples can often be found for individual topics. A newerrestatement of the grammatical system is Dietz Otto Edzard's Sumerian Grammar (Leiden,2003). An up to date quick overview is Gonzalo Rubio's "Sumerian Morphology," in Alan S.Kaye (ed.), Morphologies of Asia and Africa II (2007) 1327-1379. Pascal Attinger'sencyclopedic Eléments de linguistique sumérienne (Fribourg, 1993) is a tremendouslyhelpful reference but beyond the reach of the beginner. Abraham H. Jagersma's newrevolutionary and monumental Descriptive Grammar of Sumerian (2010) is now available fordownload on the Web and will eventually be published by Oxford University Press.For standard Assyriological abbreviations used in this introduction see the Abbreviationsfor Assyriology of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) on the Web. Thestandard academic online dictionary is the Electronic Pennsylvannia Sumerian Dictionary.The chronological abbeviations used here are:OSOAkkUr IIIOBOldOld3rdOldSumerian periodAkkadian (Sargonic) periodUr Dynasty (Neo-Sumerian) periodBabylonian C)BC)BC)For those who may own a version of my less polished UC Berkeley teaching grammar from1990 or earlier, the present version will be seen to be finally comprehensive, greatlyexpanded, hopefully much improved, and perhaps worth a serious second look. My description of the morphology and historical morphophonemics of the verbal prefix system remainsan idiosyncratic, somewhat unconventional minority position. Jagersma's new description,based in many respects upon a subtle system of orthographic and morphophonological rules,is now popular especially in Europe, and it may well become the accepted descriptionamong many current students of Sumerian grammar.This annual revision has made some improvements to textual examples and added newscholarly references. The book’s pagination however remains essentially the same.Guerneville, California USAJune 20143

THE SUMERIAN WRITING SYSTEMI.TRANSLITERATION CONVENTIONSA.Sign Diacritics and Index NumbersSumerian features a large number of homonyms — words that were pronouncedsimilarly but had different meanings and were written with different signs,for example:/du/'to come, go'/du/'to build'/du/'to release'A system of numerical subscripts, and diacritics over vowels representingsubscripts, serves to identify precisely which sign appears in the actualtext. The standard reference for sign identification remains R. Labat'sManuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne (1948-), which has seen numerous editionsand reprintings. Y. Rosengarten's Répertoire commenté des signes présargoniques sumériens de Lagaš (1967) is indispensible for reading OldSumerian texts. R. Borger's Assyrisch-babylonische Zeichenliste (AOAT33/33a, 1978) is now the modern reference for sign readings and indexnumbers, although the best new sign list for OB Sumerian literary textsis the Altbabylonische Zeichenliste der sumerisch-literarischen Texteby C. Mittermayer & P. Attinger (Fribourg, 2006). Borger's index systemwhich is used here is as follows:Single-syllable signsMultiple-syllable signsdu( du1)murudú( du2)múrudù( du3)mùrudu4etc.muru4Note that the diacriticalways falls on the FIRSTVOWEL of the word!There is variation in the systems employed in older signlists for multiplesyllable signs, especially in Labat. In the earliest editions of his signlist which may still be encountered in libraries, Labat carried the use ofdiacritics through index numbers 4-5 by shifting the acute and grave accentsonto the first syllable of multiple-syllable signs:murú( muru2)murù( muru3)múru( muru4)mùru( muru5)4

This would not be a problem except for a number of signs which have longand short values. For example, the sign túk can be read /tuk/ or /tuku/.Labat gives the latter reading as túku, which then does not representtuku4, but rather tuku2, i.e. túk(u)! Borger's AbZ system, used here andin later editions of Labat, is more consistent, placing the diacritics onthe first syllable of multi-syllable signs, but using them only for indexnumbers 2 and 3.New values of signs, pronunciations for which no generally accepted indexnumbers yet exist, are given an "x" subscript, e.g. dax 'side'.Note, finally, that more and more frequently the acute and grave accentsare being totally abandoned in favor of numeric subscripts throughout.This, for example, is the current convention of the new PennsylvaniaSumerian Dictionary, e.g. du, du2, du3, du4, etc. Since the system ofaccents is still current in Sumerological literature, however, it is vitalthat the beginner become familiar with it, and so it has been maintainedhere.B.Upper and Lower Case, Italics, and BracketsIn unilingual Sumerian contexts, Sumerian words are normally written in lowercase roman letters. Upper case (capital) letters (CAPS) are used:1) When the exact meaning of a sign is unknown or unclear. Many signs arepolyvalent, that is, they have more than one value or reading. When theparticular reading of a sign is in doubt, one may indicate this doubt bychoosing its most common value and writing this in CAPS. For example,in the sentence KA-ĝu10 ma-gig 'My KA hurts me' a body part is intended.But the KA sign can be read ka 'mouth', kìri 'nose' or zú 'tooth', and theexact part of the face might not be clear from the context. By writing KAone clearly identifies the sign to the reader without committing oneself toany of its specific readings.2) When the exact pronunciation of a sign is unknown or unclear. Forexample, in the phrase a-SIS 'brackish water', the pronunciation of thesecond sign is still not completely clear: ses, or sis? Rather thancommit oneself to a possibly incorrect choice, CAPS can be used to tell thereader that the choice is being left open.3) When one wishes to identify a non-standard or "x"-value of a sign. Inthis case, the x-value is immediately followed by a known standard value ofthe sign in CAPS placed within parentheses, for example dax(Á) ‘side’.4) When one wishes to spell out the components of a compound logogram, forexample énsi(PA.TE.SI) 'governor' or ugnim(KI.KUŠ.LU.ÚB.ĜAR) 'army'.In bilingual or Akkadian contexts, a variety of conventions exist. Verycommonly Akkadian words are written in lower case roman or italic letterswith Sumerian logograms in CAPS: a-na É.GAL-šu 'to his palace'. In somepublications one also sees Sumerian words written in s p a c e d r o m a nletters, with Akkadian in either lower case roman letters or italics.Determinatives, unpronounced indicators of meaning, are written withsuperscripts in Sumerological literature, or, often, in CAPS on the linein Akkadian contexts: gišhašhur or ĜIŠ.HAŠHUR. They are also sometimesseen written lower case on the line separated by periods: ĝiš.hašhur.Partly or wholly missing or broken signs can be indicated using square5

brackets, e.g. lu[gal] or [lugal]. Partly broken signs can also be indicatedusing half-brackets. A sign presumed to have been omitted by the ancientscribe is indicated by the use of angle brackets, while a sign deleted bya modern editor is indicated by double angle angle brackets.C.Conventions for Linking Signs and WordsHyphens and PeriodsIn Akkadian contexts, hyphens are always used to transliterate Akkadian, while periods separate the elements of Sumerian words or logograms.In Sumerian contexts, periods link the parts of compound signs writtenin CAPS, and hyphens are used elsewhere, ''shield''towards heaven'Problems can arise, however, when one attempts to formulate rules for thelinking of the elements in the chain formations characteristic of Sumerian.The formal definition of a Sumerian word remains difficult (cf. J. Black,"Sumerian Lexical Categories," Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 92 [2002] 60ff.and G. Cunningham, "Sumerian Word Classes Reconsidered," in Your Praise isSweet. A Memorial Volume for Jeremy Black [London, 2010] 41-52.) Consequently, we only transliterate Sumerian sign by sign; we do not usuallytranscribe "words." Verbal chains consist of stems and affixes alwayslinked together into one unit. But nominal chains often consist of adjectives, appositions, dependent genitive constructions, and relative clausesbeside head nouns and suffixes, and the linking or separation of variousparts of nominal chains in unilingual Sumerian contexts is very much subjectto the training and habits of individual scholars. One rule of thumb is:the longer the the chain, the less likely its parts will be linked withhyphens. The main criterion at work is usually clarity of presentation.Components of nominal compounds are normally linked:dub-sar‘tablet writer’ ‘scribe’Adjectives were always in the past joined to the words they modify,but most scholars now write the adjective as a separate word:dumu-tur or dumu tur'child small' ‘the small child’Verbal adjectives (past participles) are now also rarely linked:é-dù-a or é dù-a‘house that was built’ ‘the built house’The two parts of a genitive construction are today never linkedunless they are components of a compound noun:é lugal-lazà-mu‘the house of the king’‘edge of the year’ ‘the new year’{é lugal ak}{zà mu ak}In the absence of a universally accepted methodology, one must attempt todevelop one's own sensitivity to how Sumerian forms units of meaning. Oursystems of linking signs and words are intended only to help clarify therelationships between them and to aid in the visual presentation of thelanguage. The writing system itself makes no such linkages and does notemploy any sort of punctuation. One should take as a model the usualpractices of established scholars. One should also try to be consistent.6

Plus ( ) and Times (x) in Sign DescriptionsWhen one sign is written inside (or, especially in older texts, above orbelow) another sign, the resulting new sign may be described by writingboth components in CAPS, with the base sign and added sign separated byan "x":KAxAMOUTH times WATER naĝ'to drink'If the reading/pronunciation of such a sign also happens to be unknown,this, by necessity, will actually be the standard way to transliterate it:IRIxACITY times WATER 'the city IRIxA'Two signs joined closely together, especially when they share one or morewedges in common or have lost some feature as a result of the close placement, are called ligatures. Some ligatures also feature an archaicreversal of the order of their components. The parts of ligatures aretraditionally linked with a "plus" character, although some scholars willalso use a period:GAL LÚBIG plus MAN lugalGAL UŠUMBIG plus SERPENTSÌG UZUHIT plus FLESH 'king'ušumgaltúd'dragon''to beat, whip'ZU AB abzu'(mythical) subterranean ocean, abyss'EN ZU suen'Suen (the moon god)'More complicated compound signs may feature a number of linkedelements, with parentheses marking subunits, e.g.:DAG KISIM5x(UDU.MÁŠ) amaš'sheepfold'ColonIn publications of archaic or Old Sumerian texts in which the order of signsis not as fixed as in later scribal tradition, a colon may be used to tellthe reader that the order of the signs on either side of the colon is reversed in actual writing, e.g. za:gìn for written GÌN-ZA instead of normalza-gìn 'lapis lazuli'. Colons can also be used to indicate that the properorder of signs is unknown. Thus a transliteration ba:bi:bu would signify:7

"I have no idea which sign comes first, second or third!"II.ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SIGN SYSTEMD. Schmandt-Besserat has demonstrated that cuneiform writing per se developedrather abruptly towards the end of the 4th millennium from a system of countingtokens that had long been in use throughout the Ancient Near East. Our oldesttrue texts, however, are the pictographic tablets that come from level IVa at Uruk(ca. 3100 BC). Other archaic texts come from later Uruk levels, from Jemdet Nasr,and from Ur (1st Dynasty, ca. 2700 BC). Many of these old documents are stilldifficult to read, but much new progress has recently been made. By ca. 2600 BCthe texts become completely intelligible and feature a developing mixed logographic and syllabic cuneiform writing system.The term "pictogram (pictographic)" is used exclusively to refer to thesigns of the archaic texts, in which "pictures" were drawn on clay witha pointed stylus. The terms "ideogram (ideographic)" and "logogram(logographic)" are interchangeable and refer to signs which represent"ideas" or "words" respectively, as opposed to signs which represent syllabic values or mere sounds. Logogram is the term used by modern Sumerologists.Signs depicting concrete objects form the ultimate basis of the archaicsystem. They may represent whole objects:kur'mountain'šu'hand'še'(ear of) grain'or significant parts of objects:gudr'bull, ox'áb'cow'Other signs were a bit more abstract, but are still comprehensible:a'water'ĝi6'night'Many other archaic signs, however, are either too abstract or, oddly enough,too specific and detailed, for us to identify as yet. The large number of8

often minutely differentiated signs characteristic of the archaic texts suggeststhat an attempt was made to produce one-to-one correspondences between signs andobjects. This system no doubt soon became unwieldy, and, moreover, could noteasily express more abstract ideas or processes. Therefore, alternative waysof generating signs were developed.gunû and šeššig SignsOne method of generating new signs was to mark a portion of a base sign tospecify the object intended. The marks are called by the Akkadian scribeseither gunû-strokes (from Sumerian gùn-a 'colored, decorated') or šeššighatchings (due to the resemblance of the strokes to the early cross-hatchedform of the Sumerian sign for grain, še). Compare the following two sets ofsigns:SAĜKADAÁIn the first set, the base sign is saĝ 'head'. Strokes over the mouth portionproduces SAĜ-gunû, to be read ka 'mouth'. In the second set, the base sign isda 'side' (i.e., a shoulder, arm and hand). Hatchings over the arm portionproduces DA-šeššig, to be read á 'arm'.Compound SignsNew signs were generated by combining two or more signs:1)Doubling or even tripling the same sign:DUDUANANAN2) su8(b) mul'to come, go (plural)', the imperfective pluralstem of the the verb du 'to come, go''star', using a sign which originallydepicted a star, but later came to beread either an 'sky' or diĝir 'god'Combining two (or more) different signs to produce a new idea byassociation of ideas:KAxAmouth water naĝ'to drink'KAxNINDAmouth bread gu7'to eat'A ANwater sky šèĝ'to rain'9

3)NÍĜINxAencircled area water ambar'marsh'NÍĜINxBÙRencircled area hole pú'well'MUNUS URfemale dog nig'bitch'Adding to a base sign a phonetic indicator which points to thepronunciation of a word associated in meaning with the base sign:KAxMEmouth me eme'tongue'KAxNUNmouth nun nundum'lip'EZENxBADwalled area bad bàd'city wall'UD.ZÚ.BARsun zubarzubar/zabar'bronze' PolyvalencyThe most important new development by far was theassociation of semantically related "many values"with its own separate pronunciation. This becamemethod of generating new logographic values. Forprinciple of polyvalency, thewith a particular sign, eacha very productive and simpleexample:apin'plow'can also be readuru4engaràbsin'to plow''plowman, farmer''furrow'ka'mouth'can also be readkìrizúinim'nose''tooth''word'pa'branch'can also be readĝidrisìgugula'scepter''to hit''foreman'utu'sun'can also be readudbabbaràh'light, day, time''shining, white''dried, withered'an'sky'can also be readdiĝir'god, goddess, deity'10

DeterminativesTo help the reader decide which possible value of a polyvalent sign was intendedby the writer, the use of determinatives arose. A determinative is one of alimited number of signs which, when placed before or after a sign or group ofsigns, indicates that the determined object belongs to a particular semanticcategory, e.g. wooden, reed, copper or bronze objects, or persons, deities,places, etc. Determinatives were still basically optional as late as the UrIII period (2114-2004). When Sumerian died as a spoken language, they becameobligatory. Determinatives were presumably not to be pronounced when a textwas read, and to show that they are not actually part of a word we transliteratethem, in unilingual Sumerian context at least, as superscripts. To use theexample of the 'plow' sign above, the polyvalent sign APIN is readapin-engar -if preceded by a 'wood' determinative:gišif preceded by a 'person' determinative:apin 'plow'lúengar 'plowman'but uru4 'to plow' or àbsin 'furrow' elsewhere, depending upon context.Rebus Writing and Syllabic ValuesAt some point rebus writings arose, where the sign for an object which couldeasily be drawn was used to write a homophonous word which could not so easilybe depicted, especially an abstract idea. For example, the picture of an arrow,pronounced /ti/, became also the standard sign for ti 'rib' as well as for theverb ti(l) 'to live'. The adoption of the rebus principle was a great innovation, but it adds to the difficulty of learning the Sumerian writing system,since meanings of words thus written are divorced entirely from the originalbasic shapes and meanings of their signs.With the expansion of the rebus principle the development of syllabic, or purelyphonological, values of signs became possible. For example, the logograms mu'name' or ga 'milk' could now be used to write the verbal prefixes mu- 'hither,forth' or ga- 'let me', that is, grammatical elements which were not reallylogograms, but, rather, indicated syntactic relationships within the sentence.A regular system of syllabic values also made possible the spelling out of anyword — especially useful when dealing with foreign loanwords, for which noproper Sumerian logograms existed.Finally, a limited set of some ninety or so Vowel, Consonant-Vowel, and VowelConsonant syllabic values formed the basis of the Akkadian writing system,modified somewhat from the Sumerian to render different sounds in the Akkadianphonemic inventory and then expanded over time to produce many new phonetic andeven multiple-syllable values (CVC, VCV, CVCV).The Sumero-Akkadian writing system was still in limited use as late as the 1stcentury A.D.; the last known texts are astronomical in nature and can be datedto ca. 76 A.D. The system thus served the needs of Mesopotamian civilizationsfor a continuous span of over 3200 years – a remarkable achievement in humanhistory.III. ORTHOGRAPHYThe fully developed writing system employs logograms (word signs), syllabicsigns (sound values derived from word signs), and determinatives (unpronouncedlogograms which help the reader choose from among the different logographicvalues of polyvalent signs) to reproduce the spoken language. Some now speak of11

the received system as logophonetic or logosyllabic in character.LogogramsMany Sumerian logograms are written with a single sign, for example a 'water'.Other logograms are written with two or more signs representing ideas addedtogether to render a new idea, resulting in a compound sign or sign complexwhich has a pronunciation different from that of any of its parts, e.g.:KAxA naĝ'to drink'(combining KA 'mouth' and A 'water')Á.KALAG usu'strength'(combining Á 'arm' and KALAG 'strong')Such compound logograms should be differentiated from compound words made up oftwo or more logograms, e.g.:kù-babbar'silver'(lit. 'white precious metal')kù-sig17'gold'(lit. 'yellow precious metal')ur-mah'lion'(lit. 'great beast of prey')za-dím'lapidary'(lit. 'stone fashioner')Logograms are used in Sumerian to write nominal and verbal roots or words, andin Akkadian as a kind of shorthand to write Akkadian words which would otherwisehave to be spelled out using syllabic signs. For example, an Akkadian scribecould write the sentence 'The king came to his palace' completely syllabically:šar-ru-um a-na e-kal-li-šu il-li-kam. He would be just as likely, however, touse the common Sumerian logograms for 'king' and 'palace' and write insteadLUGAL a-na É.GAL-šu il-li-kam.Syllabic SignsSyllabic signs are used in Sumerian primarily to write grammatical elements.They are also commonly used to write words for which there is no proper logogram.Sometimes this phonetic writing is a clue that the word in question is a foreignloanword, e.g. sa-tu Akkadian šadû 'mountain'.Texts in the Emesal dialect of Sumerian feature a high percentage of syllabicwritings, since many words in this dialect are pronounced differently from theirmain dialect (Emegir) counterparts. For example, Emesal ka-na-áĝ Emegir kalam'nation', Emesal u-mu-un Emegir en 'lord'. We also occasionally encountermain dialect texts written syllabically, but usually only from peripheral geographical areas such as the Elamite capital of Susa (in Iran) or northern Mesopotamian sites such as Shaduppum (modern Tell Harmal) near Baghdad.Syllabic signs are occasionally used as glosses on polyvalent signs to indicatethe proper pronunciations; we normally transliterate glosses as superscriptsas we do determinatives, for example: èn ba-na-tarar 'he was questioned'. Anearly native gloss may rarely become fixed as part of the standard writing of aword. The best example is the word for 'ear, intelligence', which can be writtenthree different ways, two of which incorporate full glosses:1)The sign ĝeštug is written:PI12

2)The sign ĝéštug is written:geš-túg3)The sign ĝèštug is written:gešPIPItúgDeterminativesDeterminatives are logograms which may appear before or after words whichcategorize the latter in a variety of ways. They are orthographic aids andwere presumably not pronounced in actual speech. They begin to be used sporadically by the end of the archaic period. While they were probably developedto help a reader chose the desired value of a polyvalent sign, they are oftenemployed obligatorily even when the determined logogram is not polyvalent.For example, while the wood determinative ĝiš may be used before the PA signto help specify its reading ĝidri 'scepter', rather than, e.g., sìg 'to hit',ĝiš is also used before hašhur 'apple (tree or wood)' even though this sign hasno other reading. Other common functions are to help the reader distinguishbetween homonymous words, e.g. ad 'sound' and gišad 'plank' or between differentrelated meanings of a word, e.g. nú 'to sleep' but gišĝèšnu(NÚ) 'bed'.The following determinatives are placed BEFORE the words they determine and soare referred to as bbr. m)lúmunus (abbr. f)diĝir (abbr. d)duggiĝiši7 (or íd)kušmulna4šimtúg (or tu9)úiriurudauzuone, (item)man, personwoman, femalegodpotreedtree, woodwatercourseskinstarstonearomatic, resingarmentgrasscitycopperfleshpersonal names (usually male)male professionsfemale names and professions*deitiesvesselsreed varieties and objectstrees, woods and wooden objectscanals and riversleather hides and objectsplanets, stars and constellationsstones and stone objectsaromatic substances(woolen) garmentsgrassy plants, herbs, cerealscity names (previously read uru)copper (and bronze) objectsbody parts, meat cuts*An Akkadian invention, not actually attested in Sumeriantexts (P. Steinkeller, Or 51 [1982] 358f.)The following determinatives are placed AFTER the words they determine and soare referred to as dgreenszabarbronzecities and other geographic entitiesfish, amphibians, crustaceansbirds, insects, other winged animalsvegetables (the obsolete reading sar'garden plot' is still also seen)bronze objects (often combined withthe pre-determinative urudu)13

Long and Short Pronunciations of Sumerian RootsMany Sumerian nominal and verbal roots which end in a consonant drop that consonant when the root is not followed by some vocalic element, i.e., at the endof a word complex or nominal chain or when followed by a consonantal suffix.For example, the simple phrase 'the good child' is written dumu-du10, and it waspresumably actually pronounced /dumu du/. When the ergative case marker -e 'by'is added, however, the same phrase was pronounced /dumu duge/. We know this isso because the writing system "picks up" the dropped consonant of the adjectiveand expresses it linked with the vowel in a following syllabic sign: dumu-du10-ge.This hidden consonant is generally referred to by the German term Auslaut 'finalsound', as in "the adjective du10 has a /g/ Auslaut."Our modern signlists assign values to such signs both with and without theirAuslauts, thus giving both a "long" and "short" value for each sign, e.g.:dùg, du10'good'kudr, ku5'to cut'dug4, du11'to do'níĝ, nì'thing'gudr, gu4'bull, ox'šag4, šà'heart, interior'In the older literature the long values were generally used everywhere; thephrase 'by the good child' would thus have been transliterated dumu-dùg-ge.But this has the disadvantage of suggesting to the reader that an actual doublingof the consonant took place, and, in fact, many names of Sumerian rulers, deitiesand cities known from the early days of Assyriology are still found citedin forms containing doubled consonants which do not reflect their actual Sumerian pronunciations, e.g. the goddess Inanna, rather than Inana, or the kingMesannepadda, rather than Mesanepada, etc. After World War II, Sumerologistsbegan to bring the transliteration of Sumerian more in line with its actualpronunciation by utilizing the system of short sign values which is still preferred by the majority of scholars, although there is now a tendency to returnto the long values among Old Sumerian specialists. Certainly it was the shortvalues that were taught in the Old Babylonian scribal schools, to judge from thedata of the Proto-Ea signlists (see J. Klein & T. Sharlach, Zeitschrift fürAssyriologie 97 [2007] 4 n. 16). Eventually one must simply learn to be comfortable with both the long and short values of every sign which features anamissible final consonant, though at first it will be sufficient just to learnthe short values together with their Auslauts, e.g. du10(g), ku5(dr), etc.If hidden Auslauts create extra problems in the remembering of Sumerian signsor words, the rules of orthography offer one great consolation: a final consonant picked up and expressed overtly in a following syllabic sign is a goodindication as to the correct reading of a polyvalent sign. For example, KA-gacan only be read either ka-ga 'in the mouth' or du11-ga 'done', whereas KA-ma canonly be read inim-ma 'of the word'.Probably basically related to the preceding phenomenon is the non-significantdoubling of consonants in other environments. For example, the verbal chainanalyzed as mu n a n šúm 'he gave it to him' can be found written both as mu-naan-šúm or mu-un-na-an-šúm, just as the phrase an a 'in the sky' can be writtenan-a or an-na. Despite the inconsistency, such redundant writings can againprovide help in the correct reading of polyvalent signs: AN-na can only be readan-na 'in the sky', while AN-re can only be read diĝir-re 'by the god'.Direction of WritingA shift in the reading and writing of signs took place sometime between the end14

of the Old Babylonian period (1600 BC) and ca. 1200 BC according to currenttheory, although at least one modern scholar places the onset of the change asearly as ca. 2500 BC.In the archaic pictographic texts signs were written from the top to the bottomof a column, and the pictures of objects represented by each sign are seen intheir normal physical orientation. By 1200 BC signs were being written consistently left to right in a line, with the the orientation of signs now shifted 90degrees co

Sumerian Dictionary, e.g. du, du2, du3, du4, etc. Since the system of accents is still current in Sumerological literature, however, it is vital that the beginner become familiar with it, and so it has been maintained here. B. Upper and Lower Case, Italics, and Brackets In unilingual Sumerian contexts, Sumerian words are normally written in .

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