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East Syriac

Section 13: Mardin, CCM 23, f. 27r (dated 1796)

Eliya of Nisibis, Syriac Grammar

 

Mardin, Chaldean Cathedral, CCM 23, f. 27r. All rights reserved. Image provided by HMML.

 

Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both forms, the Estrangela type with a conspicuous curve at the top
  • the line connecting the circle and the vertical on the right lower than the top of that vertical, i.e. there is a small tip above the right angle
semkat
  • sitting flat or almost flat on the baseline, i.e. it is not really a left-leaning θ
tāw
  • usually of the triangular type
 
  • there is a tāw-ālap ligature, but it is like the mashed together kind in Estrangela, not the typical East Syriac type (see examples on lines 4, 3, and 2 from the bottom, but contrast two places in line 6 from the bottom, where the triangular tāw is followed by the Estrangela ālap without any contact between the letters)
Distinctive Letterforms
ālap
  • in both forms, the Estrangela type with a conspicuous curve at the top
  • the line connecting the circle and the vertical on the right lower than the top of that vertical, i.e. there is a small tip above the right angle
semkat
  • sitting flat or almost flat on the baseline, i.e. it is not really a left-leaning θ
tāw
  • usually of the triangular type
 
  • there is a tāw-ālap ligature, but it is like the mashed together kind in Estrangela, not the typical East Syriac type (see examples on lines 4, 3, and 2 from the bottom, but contrast two places in line 6 from the bottom, where the triangular tāw is followed by the Estrangela ālap without any contact between the letters)