Sumerian/Grammar

Sumerian GrammarEdit

In the lessons below, you'll be introduced to aspects of Sumerian grammar in (hopefully) bite sized chunks. If any of the lessons are confusing, don't hesitate to edit them for style, or use the discussion boards for suggestions! That's the spirit of the wiki, after all.

The LessonsEdit

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Lesson One - The Plural Marker 75% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- This lesson introduces us to some simple nouns and how to mark them as plural.

Lesson Two - Possessives 75% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- Here we learn how suffixed particles can modify the meaning of a noun, like "house", to be possessive, like "my house".

Lesson Three - The Genitive 25% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- The basics of the Sumerian case system for nouns is outlined here.

Lesson Four - The Copula 50% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- Before introducing verbs in general, the copula is introduced, along with simple predicative sentences.

Lesson Five - The Verb Chain 50% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- The Sumerian verb is discussed in simple situations.

Lesson Six - A Sumerian Sentence 75% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- Putting it all together, we translate a complete Sumerian sentence.

Lesson Seven - Ergativity in Sumerian 75% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- A discussion of ergativity and how it is used in Sumerian.

Lesson Eight - The Case System 50% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- Discussion of the cases used in Sumerian

Lesson Nine - Cuneiform 25% developed  as of Jan 1, 2000 -- Some introductory comments about the system of writing used by the ancient Sumerians

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