Emesal (Sumerian dialect)
Published Online: 26 OCT 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Ancient History
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Michalowski, P. 2012. Emesal (Sumerian dialect). The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. .
- Published Online: 26 OCT 2012
Emesal – that is, E M E S A L, literally “thin tongue” – is a dialect or sociolect of the Sumerian Language that is restricted to direct speech of goddesses and women in certain types of literary texts, in particular lamentations, divine love songs, a dialogue, proverbs, a “lullaby,” and a few more.
- ancient Near East history;
- historical linguistics;