New Haven: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1941. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. XXX, 230pp. Original half black cloth over printed paper covered boards, with gold lettering on spine. Previous owner's name (Herbert H. Paper*) on front free endpaper, and dated 1948. This scarce work is an introduction to Hurrian, a conventional name for the language of the Hurrians (Khurrites), a people who entered northern Mesopotamia around 2300 BC and had mostly vanished by 1000 BC. Hurrian was the language of the Mitanni kingdom in northern Mesopotamia, and was likely spoken at least initially in Hurrian settlements in Syria. It is generally believed that the speakers of this language originally came from the Armenian Highlands and spread over southeast Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. Hurrian is an ergative, agglutinative language that, together with Urartian, constitutes the Hurro-Urartian family. I.M. Diakonoff and S. Starostin see similarities between Hurrian and the Northeast Caucasian languages, and thus place it in the Alarodian family. Binding age-toned along edges. Gold lettering partly faded on spine. Upper front corner bumped, thus slightly affecting very first pages throughout. Professor Herbert H. Paper's sporadic underlining and annotation in pencil throughout. Binding in overall fair to good, interior in good+ condition. g to g+. Item #38512
*Dr. Herbert Harry Paper (1925-2012) was Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and near Eastern Languages, and the Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. He received a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Dr. Paper taught at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and joined HUC-JIR as the Dean of Graduate Studies. His specialties were Persian studies, concentrating on the history of the Persian language and on the ancient languages of Iran, and Yiddish literature.