During this period, a large number of loan words were included in the language from North West Semitic languages and Hurrian ; however, the use of these words was confined to the fringes of the Akkadian speaking territory. During the Middle Bronze Age Old Assyrian and Old Babylonian periodthe language virtually displaced Sumerian, which is assumed to have been extinct as a living language by the 18th century BC.
It was written using cuneiforma script adopted from the Sumerians using wedge-shaped signs pressed in wet clay. The latest known text in cuneiform Babylonian is an astronomical text dated to 75 AD. Additionally the sign was used as a determinative for divine names.
On the other hand, Assyrian developed certain innovations as well, such as the "Assyrian vowel harmony" which is not comparable to that found in Turkish or Finnish.
The latest positively identified Akkadian text comes from the 1st century AD. During the first millennium BC, Akkadian progressively lost its status as a lingua franca. Old Babylonian, along with the closely related dialect Marioticis clearly more innovative than the Old Assyrian dialect and the more distantly related Eblaite language.
After the end of the Mesopotamian kingdoms, which fell due to the Persian conquest of the area, Akkadian which existed solely in the form of Late Babylonian disappeared as a popular language. However, the language was still used in its written form; and even after the Greek invasion under Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, Akkadian was still a contender as a written language, but spoken Akkadian was likely extinct by this time, or at least rarely used.
Both of these are often used for the same syllable in the same text. The division is marked by the Kassite invasion of Babylonia around BC. The Deluge tablet of the Gilgamesh epic in Akkadian.
Many signs do not have a well-defined phonetic value. At its apogee, Middle Babylonian was the written language of diplomacy of the entire ancient Orient, including Egypt. The Akkadian Empireestablished by Sargon of Akkadintroduced the Akkadian language the "language of Akkad " as a written language, adapting Sumerian cuneiform orthography for the purpose.
Dialects The following table summarises the dialects of Akkadian certainly identified so far. Old Akkadian, which was used until the end of the 3rd millennium BC, differs from both Babylonian and Assyrian, and was displaced by these dialects.
The deciphering of the texts started immediately, and bilinguals, in particular Old Persian -Akkadian bilinguals, were of great help. By the 21st century BC Babylonian and Assyrian, which were to become the primary dialects, were easily distinguishable.Old Akkadian is the earliest period of the language and can be dated from its appearance in Mesopotamia c BC to c BC, Old Akkadian Writing and Grammar (2d ed.
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