By Daniel C. Snell

Invaluable publication to aid one making plans on studying Akkadian/cuneiform grammar--this is a workbook for memorizing the syllabary

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Daniel Snell's Workbook of Cuneiform indicators has confirmed to be super useful in my introductory reports within the Akkadian language. frequently, works overlaying topics corresponding to cuneiform writing and popularity end up to be extra in accordance with a reference paintings than a self sufficient student's consultant. although, this particularly reasonably cheap instructional for writing and memorizing nearly one hundred ten cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be not just straight forward, yet hugely effective.

I at first accomplished the booklet over the process 3 months a couple of 12 months in the past. while i started learning the Epic of Gilgamesh in Simo Parpola's paintings, i discovered that I had retained approx. 25% of the data within the workbook (even after a yr of being clear of commonplace touch with the signs). i started facing the workbook a moment time beginning in October, and that i came upon that it simply took 20-30 days to accomplish with a lot of the data effortlessly coming again to me.

Snell's approach is straightforward, but powerful. He introduces the symptoms so as of similarity (not not like a customary Akkadian signal checklist (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely find out how to draw each one signal step-by-step. Following preliminary perform of every signal, the coed plays easy routines from transliteration to cuneiform and vice versa. on the finish of every part, there's an examination that checks the clients wisdom of the indicators realized to that juncture. there's a entire examination on the finish of the booklet as well.

All in all, i've got urged this workbook to seminary scholars that experience both taken a semester of Akkadian or are planning on doing so. it's a useful instrument that turns out to set up a scientific approach for studying a posh writing procedure. hugely recommended.

Joshua Bowen

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A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM symptoms. Aids and learn instruments in historic close to jap experiences No.3. via Daniel C. Snell. one hundred forty pp. Malibu : Undena guides, 1979. ISBN 0-890003-058-8 (pbk.)
The writer tells us that the assumption for this workbook got here from the 'Japanese Kana Workbook' via P. G. O'Neill (Palo Alto and Tokyo : Kodansha foreign 1967), a hugely winning workbook for instructing the japanese syllabary.
Snell's cuneiform workbook offers the same process programmed guideline that teaches the one hundred ten most often used cuneiform symptoms. It teaches the normal Neo-Assyrian signal types, and a style encouraging lively use of the indicators is gifted seeing that an energetic wisdom of the indicators will stick with the scholar longer.
The indicators are divided into 8 sections. every one part includes step by step routines and ends with a quiz reviewing the entire symptoms provided. appendices supply an alphabetic record of values taught and a listing of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic learn via scholars in starting Akkadian periods and offers a pragmatic and systematic creation to the cuneiform writing process. it may be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The publication measures 8.5 by way of 11.0 inches, is well-printed on powerful paper, and is sure in a robust wrapper. In either layout and method it follows O'Neill's well known and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a superb publication which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers simply a hundred and ten symptoms, it won't in fact flip the consumer right into a full-fledged scribe. however it could be of worth to newcomers in cuneiform, and it may aid dispel a number of the secret which surrounds the attractive yet advanced cuneiform signs.
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I newly bought this e-book. Intuitevely you'll get into memorising cuneiform characters with the aid of this workbook. with no noticing i've got come to discover that i've got memorised approximately forty cuneiforms in an afternoon. I want a few extra complicated workbooks reminiscent of this might be released to help us to development into changing into complete scribes. I absolutely recommend.
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By Jim
I believe the former comments.

I'm attempting to examine Akkadian with the aid of Huehnergard's first-class Grammar of Akkadian, and be aware of little or no of cuneiform.

Snell's workbook doesn't train you grammar yet is so easy to take advantage of by itself as an reduction to examining and writing cuneiform, drills you bit by bit (one signal at a time), could be learn in snatches in your spare time, doesn't have pretensions , and, all in all, is well-produced.

The e-book looms better than its rate (though I obtained it from a special seller).

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