>>533782 >tfw I've tried to learn proto-Afro-Asiatic
I really recommend it anons, feels good to know a confirmed language and religion of people who lived in times before the agriculture happened
Also is there anything known about proto-Niger-Congo, or is the family too much of a clusterfuck to deduce even a few certain facts? If Afro-Asiatic is so old, then surely Niger-Congo must be even more ancient?
>>532801 I took two years of Latin in Highschool. I was grammatically quite good at it. Though, my memory of vocabulary was trash. We translated cool poetry from Ovid and would have I taken a third year, Caesar too.
>>535032 The Talmud is written in Hebrew, which essentially has the same alphabet as Syriac but Syriac didn't exist until centuries later. I don't know Classical Aramaic but I know its the parent language to Syriac. There are Akkadian loan words im Syriac too.
Zuzu - Akkadian Zuzeh - Syriac (It means half a shekel.)
>>533747 Even then we don't know the exact sounds for the letters on estimates based off the languages descendants (Tigrinya and Tigre) and other guesses. There's letters that are redundant since they make the same sound but we don't know why though.
"Of the two main components of the Babylonian Talmud, the Mishnah is written in Mishnaic Hebrew. Within the Gemara, the quotations from the Mishnah and the Baraitas and verses of Tanakh quoted and embedded in the Gemara are in Hebrew. The rest of the Gemara, including the discussions of the Amoraim and the overall framework, is in a characteristic dialect of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. There are occasional quotations from older works in other dialects of Aramaic, such as Megillat Taanit. Overall, Hebrew constitutes somewhat less than half of the text of the Talmud.
This difference in language is due to the long time period elapsing between the two compilations. During the period of the Tannaim (rabbis cited in the Mishnah), the spoken vernacular of Jews in Judaea was a late form of Hebrew known as Rabbinic or Mishnaic Hebrew, whereas during the period of the Amoraim (rabbis cited in the Gemara), which began around 200 CE, the spoken vernacular was Aramaic. Hebrew continued to be used for the writing of religious texts, poetry, and so forth."
tl;dr - The majority of the Talmud is actually Aramaic.
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