The Elamite language

Authored by: Jan Tavernier

The Elamite World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138999893
eBook ISBN: 9781315658032
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Elamite is a language that was spoken in the southwest of Iran between at least the 23rd and the 4th century BCE; the period in which it is attested epigraphically. The Elamite language is completely isolated and partly because of this status is not yet fully known. There may be a distant link to the Dravidian languages (cf. McAlpin 1981) in the sense that a Proto-Elamo-Dravidian language which split up into a Dravidian and Elamite family in the 5th millennium BCE can possibly be reconstructed, but unfortunately this does not help modern scholars in their study of the still not completely understood Elamite language.

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