About/User’s guide

The main objective of the project is developing a web-accessed electronic database for the comparative historical lexicography of Semitic languages. At the final stage, the base will contain all lexemes of Semitic languages relevant for comparative etymological reconstruction, and all available proto-language reconstructions of various depth.

Started in 2016, at the present date the base contains over 17,000 lexemes of ca. 60 ancient and modern Semitic languages, as well as over 1,400 etymological reconstructions of eight levels (Proto-Semitic, Proto-West Semitic, Proto-Central Semitic, Proto-Northwest-Semitic, Proto-Canaanite, Proto-Aramaic, Proto-Ethiosemitic, Proto-MSA). Each entry contains references to dictionaries and other lexicographic tools, as well as the necessary philological and linguistic annotations.

The base is searchable by form, meaning, references/notes and language/reconstruction level. The search is sensitive to diacritics. The following characters have to be typed in Unicode (or copied from here): ˀ, ˁ, ă, ā, ä, ä̆, ǟ, ä̃, ą̈, č̣, ḏ̣, γ, ē, ə, ə́, ɛ, έ, ɛ̄, ḫ, ḥ, ī, ī̆, ḳ, ḳ̌, m̲, ŏ, ō, ɔ, ɔ́, š, ṣ, s̃, ṣ̂, ṣ̌, ṯ̣, ū, ʷ, ʸ, ẓ̂, ǯ, z̃.
The base is searchable by regular expressions. For example, \b can be used for indicating word boundaries, and .{1} can be used as the wildcard. For a detailed description of regular expressions see e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regular_expression.