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Hackl, Johannes: Language Death and Dying Reconsidered: the Rôle of Late Babylonian as a Vernacular Language. Version 01

Abstract: This contribution intends to engage with the intricate question of whether LateBabylonian was a spoken language or merely a literary language, an issue that has beendisscussed at length by numerous scholars and from different points of view. It examinesselected linguistic features drawn from Neo- and Late Babylonian letters and legal documentsand argues that the development of these features throughout the history of Akkadian duringthe first millennium BC confirms the influence of native speakers. It may thus give freshimpetus to the underlying discussion as to when (Late) Babylonian ceased to be a spokenlanguage.

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