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The Features of Canaanite: A Reevaluation

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The Canaanite subgroups is defined on the basis of four features, most of which are vocalic; however, the attested Canaanite dialects, with the exception of Biblical Hebrew, are unvocalized. It is, therefore, difficult to ascertain the genealogical affiliation of new or even existing texts based on these features. In this paper we propose two new morpho-syntactic features, which can be identified in texts written primarily in consonantal orthography. These features will help with the correct linguistic identification of texts discovered in the future.

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