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    • christoph
    • 01.05.07 | 23:39 (IDT)

    According to what I learned both Aramaic and Biblical Hebrew belong to North-Western-Semitic languages, but it's not the same. My documents don't indicate that Hebrew developped from Aramaic. E.g., if you read Daniel in the Hebrew bible you'll find that in Aramaic the article is BEHIND the word it determines, in Hebrew it's BEFORE the word: "The earth" - hebr.: "Ha-Aretz", aram.: "Ar'-a" (Strange also: in Hebrew stands Tzade where in Aramaic stands Ayin!) So, Hebrew and Aramaic did not develop from each other, but are different languages. There's a small number of Aramaic-speakers in Europe, from the Turkish region of Tur Abdin. I was very happy when I met two guys speaking the Turoyo-dialect in a train some months ago. That was probably a rare occasion, because they're only 70000 in Germany and I'm one of even less Germans who know that Turoyo is an EASTERN Aramaic dialect. The last WESTERN-Aramaic speakers can be found in three Syrian villages: Bakh'a, Ma'lula and Jubb 'Adin

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    First published 00:00 01.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.05.07
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