New Feature at The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

The “Dictionary Collation”:

Since the CAL covers so many different Aramaic dialects with varying spelling systems, we have had to adopt a spelling convention for our lemmas (headwords) that is often at odds with those found in individual dialect dictionaries. Thus we have implemented this page to enable users easily to find CAL entries corresponding to those in whatever earlier dictionary they might be using. Enter the page number of the dictionary and see a list of all lemmas currently corresponding to that page.* You may also use this for collation among dictionaries where cross references are scant or missing. For example, where is one to find the word לחתא (Jastrow p. 705 “splint bone”) in DJBA? (Answer: CAL lemma lḥtDJBA לוחתא.) For multi-volume Dictionaries without sequential pagination, enter the page number as e.g., “1:134, 2:212.”

Now to tinker with it and see how it works.


  2 comments for “New Feature at The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon

  1. December 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Does the CAL have an official place to announce this kind of thing?

  2. December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    No problem. :-)

    Sadly no. It would be a great thing for the CAL to keep a blog or the likes of its own for updates and musings about neat things found while updating the database, but so far (to the extent of my awareness) no such thing exists. I’m going to see about dropping Dr. Kaufman a line about it and see what he thinks.


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