Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic - cover image

Book Series


Geoffrey Khan; Paul M. Noorlander;

Published On





  • English

Print Length

540 pages (xxvi+514)


Paperback156 x 28 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.09" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 30 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.19" x 9.21")


Paperback1658g (58.48oz)
Hardback2055g (72.49oz)



OCLC Number





  • CFF
  • CFP


  • REL006020
  • LAN009010


  • PJ5282


  • Neo-Aramaic dialects
  • Aramaic
  • Middle East
  • migration
  • language typology
  • historical linguistics

Studies in the Grammar and Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic

The Neo-Aramaic dialects are modern vernacular forms of Aramaic, which has a documented history in the Middle East of over 3,000 years. Due to upheavals in the Middle East over the last one hundred years, thousands of speakers of Neo-Aramaic dialects have been forced to migrate from their homes or have perished in massacres. As a result, the dialects are now highly endangered. The dialects exhibit a remarkable diversity of structures. Moreover, the considerable depth of attestation of Aramaic from earlier periods provides evidence for pathways of change. For these reasons the research of Neo-Aramaic is of importance for more general fields of linguistics, in particular language typology and historical linguistics.

The papers in this volume represent the full range of research that is currently being carried out on Neo-Aramaic dialects. They advance the field in numerous ways. In order to allow linguists who are not specialists in Neo-Aramaic to benefit from the papers, the examples are fully glossed.


The volume makes a major contribution to the field of Neo-Aramaic and significantly advances research. The articles present new analyses and new primary data from several endangered dialects, many of which have so far not been systematically documented, and in some cases have not been documented at all. It is good to see that the examples have been given glossing, so that this important material will be accessible more widely by general linguists. Many of the articles are written by leading scholars of the field. Particularly commendable is the fact that the authors include also early career scholars and native speakers of Neo-Aramaic dialects who are based in universities in Iraq and Europe. The volume, therefore, represents also a major stimulus to research in the future.

Prof Hezy Mutzafi

Tel Aviv University


This volume is a fine contribution to Semitic linguistics, in its presentation of new data, new analyses and engagement with the general linguistic literature. Including significant contributions from both established Neo-aramaicists and relative newcomers, it demonstrates that the field of Neo-Aramaic continues to flourish, against the odds.

Eleanor Coghill

Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, vol. 14, 2022.


  • Steven E. Fassberg
  • Hezy Mutzafi
  • Salam Neamah Hirmiz Hakeem


(pp. xvii–xx)
  • Geoffrey Khan


Geoffrey Khan

Regius Professor of Hebrew at University of Cambridge

Geoffrey Khan (PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1984) is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge. His research publications focus on three main fields: Biblical Hebrew language (especially medieval traditions), Neo-Aramaic dialectology, and medieval Arabic documents. He is the general editor of The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Brill, 2013) and is the senior editor of Journal of Semitic Studies. His recent publications include The Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew, Cambridge: University of Cambridge & Open Book Publishers, 2020, Performance of Sacred Semitic Texts (editor, with co-editor Hindy Najman), Dead Sea Discoveries 29, Brill. 2022, and Language Contact in Sanandaj (co-authored with Masoud Mohammadirad), Berlin, de Gruyter, 2024.

Paul M. Noorlander

Rubicon Fellow at Leiden University

Dr. Paul Noorlander obtained his doctorate in linguistics at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, and is the author of Ergativity and Other Alignment Types in Neo-Aramaic: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation (2021, Brill: Leiden). He has published widely in the field of Semitic languages and linguistics and contact between Semitic and Iranian, in particular the areal-diachronic typology of the East Anatolian and Mesopotamian regions of West Asia. His main research areas are the endangered Neo-Aramaic languages and their documentation, typology and history. Dr Noorlander teaches at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and Divinity at the University of Cambridge.