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CHAT: Nimrud

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, March 26, 2004, 4:47

Concerning your question about the various names assigned to
Nimrud, the answer is that "Tell-Nimrud" is the modern Arabic
name of the site;  "Kalhu" is the Akkadian term;  Kalah (Calah)
the Biblical Hebrew; Kalha the Aramaic.  So, it has nothing
to do with the loss of case systems in Akkadian, as _Kalhu_
would be the standard citation form for the language in
the Standard Babylonian period, after the loss of mimation.
Old Babylonian would be _Kalhum_ (unless it's pluralia tantum,
but my source doesn't say anything about this).

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Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>