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Ancient Languages in Contact: The Case of Syriac and Greek

Ancient Languages in Contact: The Case of Syriac and Greek
4 Bancroft Avenue, 2nd floor
Time: Apr 3rd, 3:00 pm End: Apr 3rd, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Linguistics (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture 2 (of 2) by Aaron Butts, Yale

The Canadian Society for Syriac Studies and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations are pleased to present:

Aaron M. Butts, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University

Ancient Languages in Contact: The Case of Syriac and Greek


Aaron Butts is Senior Lector in Semitics in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University.  His research focuses on the dialectology and reconstruction of the Semitic language family. Among the Semitic languages, he specializes primarily in Aramaic and secondarily in Arabic, Classical Ethiopic, and Northwest Semitic (Hebrew, Ugaritic, Phoenician, etc.). In addition, he has interests in the larger Afro-Asiatic language phylum (esp. Egyptian), language contact, historical linguistics, and the history of Christianity in the Near East, in particular Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic Christianity. Publications include a study of the Syriac adverbial ending and an edition of a Syriac memrā by David Puniqoyo (d. ca. 1500). He is the author of Jacob of Sarug's Homily on the Tower of Babel (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2009). He was also a co-editor with S. P. Brock, G. A. Kiraz, and L. Van Rompay of the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2011).

Aaron Butts will also present a talk on Wednesday 2 April at 8:00 p.m. at the 5 Bancroft Avenue, room 142 titled "Embellished with Gold: The Ethiopic Reception of Syriac Biblical Exegesis".

This event is free an open to the public.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at (416) 978-3306.


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