Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee

Associate Professor of Comparative Semitics

PhD with distinction in Semitic Philology, Harvard University, June 2004.

Teaching at Chicago since 2005

Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee teaches classes in Comparative Semitics and introductions and advanced classes in various Semitic languages, including Classical Ethiopic (Ge‘ez), Old South Arabian, and Ancient North Arabian.

Her research interests focus on several areas and methodologies. Hasselbach-Andee uses the methodologies of Historical and Comparative Linguistics to attempt to reconstruct features of the ancestor language of the Semitic language family, Proto Semitic, and to understand the historical developments of the individual Semitic languages. In addition, she also works with typological approaches in order to investigate how Semitic languages work in general and how they compare to other language families. In her latest research, she also developed an interest in socio-linguistic approaches to language, especially relating to languages in contact and the question of what determines the degree to which languages are influenced by each other.  


PhD in Semitic Philology, Harvard University, June 2004. Graduated with distinction.

             Dissertation: A Historical and Comparative Study of Sargonic Akkadian.

PhD Candidate in Hebrew Bible, Johns Hopkins University, 1998-99.

M.A. Jewish Studies / Hebrew Bible, University of Heidelberg (Germany), May 1998.

             MA-Thesis: The Rephaim in the Hebrew Bible and in Ugarit - A Philological Investigation



(2005) Sargonic Akkadian: A Historical and Comparative Study of the Syllabic Texts. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

(2013) Case in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(In progress) Classical Ethiopic: A Grammar of Gecez with sample texts and a glossary. Translation and revision of J. Tropper (2002) Altäthiopisch: Grammatik des Gecez mit Übungstexten und Glossar. Ugarit Verlag.


(2012) Language and Nature: Papers Presented to John Huehnergard on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Co-editor with N. Pat-El. Chicago: Oriental Institute Press.

(In progress) Blackwell Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Languages. Wiley Blackwell.


(2003) “The Pronominal Suffix of the Third Person Masculine Singular in Hebrew.” Harvard Working Papers for Linguistics Vol.8: 45-66.

(2004) “Final Vowels of Pronominal Suffixes and Independent Personal Pronouns in Semitic.” JSS 49: 1-20.

(2004) “The Markers of Person, Gender and Number in the Prefixes of G-Preformative Conjugations in Semitic.” JAOS 124:  23-35.

(2006) “Interpreting Early Akkadian Orthography – A note on Pronominal Suffixes in Sargonic Akkadian.” ZA 96:161-177.

(2006) “The Ventive / Energic in Semitic – A Morphological Study.” ZDMG 156:309-328.

(2007) “The Affiliation of Sargonic Akkadian to Babylonian and Assyrian – New Insights Concerning the Subgrouping of Akkadian.” JSS 52:21-43.

(2007) “External Plural Markers in Semitic: A New Assessment.” In Studies in Semitic and Afroasiatic Linguistics Presented to Gene B. Gragg, Cynthia Miller ed.;123-138.Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications.

(2007) “Demonstratives in Semitic.” JAOS 127:1-27.  (Vol. 3: Lat-Pu), Kees Versteegh ed.; 408-422. Leiden: Brill. Co-authored with John Huehnergard.

(2009) “Altsüdarabisch.” In Sprachen aus der Welt des Alten Testaments, Holger Gzella (ed.); 132-159. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

(2011) “Early Canaanite and Old Aramaic Case in the Light of Language Typology.” In Grammatical Case in the Languages of the Middle East and Europe: Acts of the International Colloquium ‘Variations, concurrence et evolution des cas dans divers domains linguistiques’, Paris, 2-4 April 2007, M. Fruyt, M. Mazoyer and D. Pardee (eds.); 101-111. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(2012) "Old South Arabian." In Languages from the World of the Bible, Holger Gzella (ed.); 160-193. Boston: DeGruyter.

(2012) “The verbal endings –u and –a: A note on their functional derivation.” In Language and Nature: Papers Presented to John Huehnergard on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday; R. Hasselbach and N. Pat-El (eds.). Chicago: Oriental Institute Press; 119-136.

(2013) “Phoenician Case in Typological Context.” In Linguistic Studies in Phoenician in Memory of J. Brian Peckham,  R. Holmstedt and A. Schade (eds.); 199-225. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

(2013) “Barth-Ginsberg Law.” In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Vol.1, Geoffrey Khan (ed.); 258-259. Leiden: Brill.

(2013) “Canaanite and Hebrew.” In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Vol.1, Geoffrey Khan (ed.); 391-395. Leiden: Brill.

(2013) “Demonstratives Pronouns.” In Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Vol.1, Geoffrey Khan (ed.); 697-701. Leiden: Brill.

(2014) “Agreement and the Development of Gender in Semitic (Part I).” ZDMG 164:33-64.

(2014) “Agreement and the Development of Gender in Semitic (Part II).” ZDMG 164:319-344.

(2015) “Explicit Performative Utterances in Semitic.” In Arabic and Semitic Linguistics Contextualized: A Festschrift for Jan Retsö, L. Edzard (ed.); 448-485. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

(Forthcoming) “The Comparative Method in Semitic Linguistics.” In Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An International Handbook of Language Comparison and the Reconstruction of Indo-European, Matthias Fritz and Jared Klein (eds.).

(Forthcoming) “Classification of Akkadian Within the Semitic Language Family.” In A History of the Akkadian Language, Juan-Pablo Vita (ed.). Leiden: Brill.

(Forthcoming) “The Origin of Third Person Markers of the Suffix Conjugation in Semitic.”

(Forthcoming) “Akkadian” In Blackwell Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Languages, R. Hasselbach-Andee (ed.). Wiley Blackwell.

(In progress) “Archaism versus innovation: The hybrid nature of Akkadian.”

(In progress) “Dative or no dative: The function of the morpheme *-is in Semitic.”


(2006) Pratique de la grammaire akkadienne – Exercices et corrigés by Florence Malbran-Labat (2006). Maarav 13:261-68.

(2008) Une théorie de l’organisation du lexique des langues sémitiques: matrices et étymon;by Georges Bohas and Mihai Dat (2007). JAOS 128:372-377.

(2009) The Modal System of Old Babylonian; by Eran Cohen, HSS 56 (2005). JNES 68:38-40.

(2009) Current Issues in the Analysis of Semitic Grammar and Lexicon I; ed. Lutz Edzard  and Jan Retsö (2005). ZDMG 159:157-160.

(2009) Current Issues in the Analysis of Semitic Grammar and Lexicon II; ed. Lutz Edzard and Jan Retsö (2006). ZDMG 159:405-409.

(2009) Grammaire comparée des langues sémitiques; by Jean-Claude Haelewyck, (2006). JNES 68:131-134.

(2010) La formation des mots dans les langues sémitiques; ed. Philippe Cassuto and Pierre Larcher (2007). ZDMG 160:165-168.

(2012) Morphologies of Asia and Africa, ed. Alan S. Kaye (2007). JNES 71:183-185.

(2016)   La grammatica della lingua di Ebla, by Amalia Catagnoti. JNES 75:169-172.

(Forthcoming) Altakkadisches Elementarbuch, by Francis Breyer. BSOAS.