Excerpt from On Traces of an Indefinite Article in Assyrian
During the course of my reading and Copying of certain Babylonian and Assyrian cuneiform texts preserved in the British Museum, I have noted from time to time a considerable number of passages in which the case-endin... gs of the noun have been dropped, not withstanding the fact that the noun is obviously not in the construct state. This phenomenon was noticed by 'dr. Flemming, who in his pamphlet Die grosse Stein platteninschrift Nebukadnezar's IL, 1883, p. 32, regarded it as the use of the form of the construct state instead of the absolute state. Jensen, Latrille, and Delitzsch have in turn made certain observations on the matter, but their explanations can hardly be regarded either as satisfactory or final; similarly MM. Scheil and Fossey, in a work published in 1901, also call attention to the use in Assyrian of a certain number of words without their case-endings, and. While admitting that the nouns under consideration are not in the construct state, adduce no satisfactory evidence that their proposed solution of the difficulty is correct.
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