- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496194926
- ISBN-13: 978-1496194923
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chaldean Grammar 1st Edition
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The author takes pains to admit, passionately, sometimes a bit too shrill and stridently, that this is a *living* tongue or living people and hence not a linguistic fossil. I respect this, though at times his tone verges on the polemical.
The matte finish of the book cover feels really, really, good to the touch. Strangely enough this adds to the enjoyment of perusing the book.
Presenting much of the material in the native script forces a reader to actually learn to read it better. The script isn't difficult to learn if you have had exposure to either Arabic Script or 'Hebrew' (which is actually the square Aramaic Babali script).
With a little bit of work, anyone with exposure to Arabic, Biblical, or another Semitic or Arabian dialect shouldn't find it too difficult to start productively learning from this Grammar. I wish there had been a larger working glossary or lexicon integrated into it, but Mar Sarhad Jammo has done something that almost no one has; which is to produce an solid modern introductory work that opens a way for curious and interested non-Chaldeans, or Chaldeans who have lost touch with their dialect, to learn its fundamentals.
I hope he produces more similar works, and would really like to see some sort of basic dictionary of Chaldean, and more explanation of the differences and distinctive aspects of Chaldean that separates it from other so-called "neo-Aramaic" or "Syriac" dialects in the middle east.
If you want to learn Chaldean then really this work and his other one are your only real viable option, other than direct tutorial with a native speaker, or a few university resources only open to graduate students at a small
The book is written in chaldean characters. There's a nonsense guide to the characters in the beginning of the book but isn't even worth looking at. There is no way you can look at the book and understand much of anything about chaldean grammar without first having a pretty decent understanding of the written language. I don't know a single Chaldean that can read the language. If you already have a decent understanding of the written language you probably don't need this book. The book is stupid.