Want to learn Syriac?
Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:42 PM
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:36 AM
Google Books' Introductory Syriac Method and Manual and Grammar of the Dialects of Vernacular Syriac probably should get the same caveat, since they were both published in the late 1800s.
There is also an Introduction to the Syriac-Aramaic Language over at Beith Souryoye Morounoye.
If the grammar you found is more recent, I'd be interested in it, too.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:19 PM
It might also be worth contacting Fr Ephrem Lash at the Monastery of St Andrew in Manchester. I am pretty sure he knows Syriac, and possibly used to teach it.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 07:59 PM
It's a fairly good text, but the further you get into the book, the less detailed the explanations get. However, some fairly simple concepts are given unecessarily complex explanations.
We've also used Introduction to Syriac by W. M. Thackston. It's similar to Coakley in scope. I would say more user friendly. However, the Syriac text is unvocalised, which leaves you having to rely on the supplied transliteration.
Coakley uses the Western Syriac script (used by the Syriac Jacobite Church), Thackston uses the standard Estrangela script.
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