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Bram Jagersma

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. A.H. Jagersma
Telephone
+31 71 527 1554
E-mail
a.h.jagersma@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Bram Jagersma is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

I am a linguist working on Sumerian, an ancient Near Eastern language that was spoken in Southern Iraq until about 2000 BCE. My aim is to describe Sumerian grammar and phonology in the same way as other linguists describe modern living languages. But Sumerian is a dead language and is only known to us from ancient sources written in an early form of the cuneiform script. Where other linguists interview native speakers, I need to figure out how this script reflects the language and how it does not. Because Sumerian texts have come down to us from many different periods and places, I study the language from a historical perspective: how it changed over time, which dialects it had, and how Akkadian-Sumerian bilingualism changed both languages. Every now and then I let myself be distracted by the fascinating content of the ancient Sumerian texts themselves and try to understand more of Sumerian culture. It is, after all, the best documented early Bronze Age culture that exists.

 

Curriculum vitae

Education 
2010: PhD (with distinction) in Linguistics, Leiden University 
1988: MA in Assyriology, Leiden UniversityEmployment

Employment 
2014-: Lecturer in Sumerian, Leiden University 
1993-2014: Subject librarian for linguistics, Leiden University Libraries 
1986-2006: Circulation desk, Leiden University Libraries

 

Key publications

  • A descriptive grammar of Sumerian, PhD Leiden University, 2010

  • ‘The calendar of the funerary cult in ancient Lagash,’  Bibliotheca Orientalis 64 (2007): 289-307.
  • ‘Sound change in Sumerian: the so-called /dr/-phoneme,’  Acta Sumerologica 22 (2000): 81-87.

 

Teaching

For BA students:

  • Introduction to Sumerian
  • Gudea (Selected texts from Gudea of Lagash)
  • Seminar Sumerian (Literary texts from the Old Babylonian period)

For MA students:

  • The Sumerian language: structure and analysis
  • Advanced Sumerian

 

Grants and awards

2013 De la Court Prize from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Taalwetenschap

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04c

Contact

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Assyriologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04c

Contact

  • Jagersma B. (4 November 2010), A descriptive grammar of Sumerian (PhD thesis, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). Supervisor(s): Kortlandt F.H.H..PhD thesis
  • Jagersma Bram (2007), Boekbespreking Review of: (2003) Sumerian grammar, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 97: 142-147.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (2007), The calendar of the funerary cult in ancient Lagash, Applied Medical Informatics 64(3/4): 289-307.article in journal
  • Jagersma Bram (2006), The final person-prefixes and the passive, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (4): 92-94.article in journal
  • Maaijer R. de & Jagersma Bram (2004), Boekbespreking Review of: (1998) The Sumerian dictionary of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. 1: A Part III, Archiv für Orientforschung 50: 351-355.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (2000), Sound change in Sumerian: the so-called /dr/-phoneme, Acta Sumerologica 22: 81-87.article in journal
  • Maaijer R. de & Jagersma Bram (1998), Boekbespreking Review of: Sjöberg A.W. (1998) The Sumerian Dictionary of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, vol. 1A, part I & II, Archiv für Orientforschung 44/45: 277-288.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (1997), Boekbespreking Review of: (1996) Sumerian agriculture: new findings, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 92: 508-512.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (1996), Boekbespreking Review of: (1991) Altsumerische Verwaltungstexte aus Girsu/Lagaš, Archiv für Orientforschung 42/43: 222-224.book review
  • Bram Jagersma (1993), Boekbespreking Review of: (1990) A manual of Sumerian grammar and texts, Bibliotheca Orientalis 50: 420-425.book review
  • Hüning M. & Jagersma Bram (1990), Boekbespreking Review of: (1989) Wat er in een woord zit. Facetten van de lexicale semantiek, Forum der Letteren 31: 143-147.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (1990), Boekbespreking Review of: (1986) Pre-Sargonic and Sargonic Texts from Ur edited in UET 2, Supplement, Bibliotheca Orientalis 47: 671-674.book review
  • Jagersma Bram (1990), sag ha.za "to be at the disposal of, to be ready for", Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (3): 85.article in journal
  • Jagersma Bram (1990), The reading of LAK 722, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 1990(3): 84.article in journal

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