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Akkadian (lišānum akkadītum ) - the lingua franca of 2000 BCE
Akkadian, or Old Babylonian, is an extinct semitic language that was spoken for several centuries in Mesopotamia. This completely unusable - but highly sexy language, is elegant, complex and simple at the same time. The babylonians were the first (together with the egyptians) to create a writing system, and wrote their epic texts (but mostly inventory lists, marriage disputes and contracts) on durable clay tables that have survived until today. In their thousands. Akkadian cuneiform was great, except for that it sucked. I mean, it is completely unreliable in the fact that a single sign (and all the signs look identical) can either depict a word, a syllable or a grammatical marker. In addition, there were no syntatic standards - and the language naturally evolved during its 2000 year existence. Early on, the Akkadian culture merged with the Sumerian culture, making the language way "softer" than other semitic languages. Here are some basic facts: Akkadian has two genders : male and female. The female nouns are usually easily distinguished by an extra "t", for example "god" is "ilum" in N.sg.masc, while the feminine version "iltum". (Old) akkadian has three well-known grammatical cases: Nominative, usually ending in -um, Genitive; usually ending in -im and the Accusative, ending in -am. So don't despair. More info later!


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