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Apr. 14th, 2004 | 12:28 am
posted by: shar_gaz in sumerianwotd

Today's Sumerian word is "uru", which means "city" or "town".

"uru" is the traditional reading of the sign, but more recently Sumerologists have begun writing it "iri", as a more accurate transcription of how it would have sounded. ("uru" is pronounced "oo-roo" and "iri" like the English word "eerie".) My professor is of the opinion that in fact the vowels there were a sort of rounded 'i', a sound between 'i' and 'u', similar to a German umlaut sound.

And I am not describing that very well, but it's late and I'm tired.

Uru looks like this:

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Re: it's official.

from: shar_gaz
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)

Heh. Um... well, this community isn't intended to be any kind of official course type thing. It's just for fun.

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sad side of normal

Re: it's official.

from: fosfomifira
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)

I know, I know. But I need to use my sense of humor if I'm to survive the chaos that is my university. Not to mention that this is actually more organized than some of the classes I've taken, for real.

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