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The Ear and Its Wisdom

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In this chapter, the author dedicates the lexical study to a lover of lexicography. From its first publication, Åke Sjöberg has shown much interest in the Ugu-mu lexical series. Since the ear is the orifice of wisdom as already pointed out by a fellow Scandinavian, Thorkild Jacobsen in 1946, there is no more appropriate organ to investigate. The ePSD5 lists two lexemes with the meaning 'ear': geštu and gizal. For the lexeme geštu four logographic writings are given: PI, GIŠ.PI, GIŠ.TUG2. PI and GIŠ.PI.TUG2 whereas for the lexeme gizal two logographic writings are given: GIŠ.TUG2.PI.ŠIR.SILA3 and NU11.SILA3. The instances of these logographic writings show a skewed distribution. Therefore, it is essential to trace the development in the third millennium of the writing of lexemes chronologically and semantically in order to understand the logographic composition of the word 'ear' in Sumerian.

Keywords: Åke Sjöberg; ear; GIŠ.PI.TUG2; Sumerian; Thorkild Jacobsen; Ugu-mu; wisdom

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