Keywords Used by the RINAP 5 Corpus

The catalogue of the RINAP 5 Corpus uses a standardized set of keywords to describe the designation, popular name, object type, material support, and provenance of each inscription. They are listed here to help you search RINAP effectively.

Note: Catalogue searches are not case sensitive.

Designation (designation:)

This is the RINAP-assigned designation of the composite text. At present, one can search the corpus using the following criteria:

Sample search: designation:ashurbanipal_tablet_02.

Genre (genre:)

The only genre search option for this project is "royal_inscription"; note that the search displays all of the texts in the corpus.

Popular Name (popular:)

Few terms are included in the "Popular" modern designation of the compositions. In some instances on this sub-project, the "popular name" is the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (Babylonian Periods) designation (format: RIMB 2 B.6.32.N or RIMB 2 B.6.35.N). For the search to work, you must enter the full RIMB 2 designation. For example, to display Ashurbanipal Babylonian 1 you can search for "popular:B.6.32.1". For example, the follow search options will yield results:

Collection (collection:)

Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions are housed in numerous museum collections around the world. The official texts ofAshurbanipal and his successors are found in the following collections:

Sample collection searches: "collection:british_museum", "collection:germany", "collection:philadelphia". Any word(s) in the above list will return search results.

Exemplars (Museum, Registration, and Excavation Numbers; exemplars:)

The catalogue of this RINAP sub-project combines museum, registration, and excavation numbers into a single catalogue entry to avoid cluttered "detail" information in the Item View of composite texts that are known from more than one exemplar. Therefore, when searching our corpus by one of these numbers, you should prefix your search with "exemplars:", rather than with "museum_no:" or "excavation_no:".

Note: If you do not know the exact number, you can simply search by the museum, registration, or excavation number prefix; e.g., "exemplars:va_bab" or "exemplars:bm".

Ruler (ruler:)

One can search the corpus by using one of the following ruler options:

Language (language:)

The only language search options for this project are "akkadian" and "sumerian."

Period (period:)

The only period search option for this project is "Neo-Assyrian."

Object Type (object_type:)

One can search the corpus by using one of the following fifteen object options:

Material Support (material:)

The only valid support search options are "clay" and "stone."

Provenance (provenience:)

Currently, there are thirteen provenance search options. These are:

Glossary Abbreviations

Parts of Speech

The following abbreviations for parts of speech are used in the glossaries:

AJAdjective (including stative forms)
AV Adverb
DETDeterminative pronoun
DPDemonstrative pronoun
IPIndependent/anaphoric prounoun
MAModal adverb
MODModal, negative, or conditional
NNoun (including Akkadian stative forms)
PPPossessive pronoun
QPInterrogative pronoun
RELRelative pronoun
RPReflexive/reciprocal pronoun
SBJSubordinating conjunction
XPIndefinite pronoun

Types of Proper Noun

The following abbreviations for proper nouns are used in the glossaries:

ANAgricultural (locus) name
CNCelestial name
DNDivine name
ENEthnos name
FNField name
GNGeographical name
MNMonth name
ONObject name
PNPersonal name
RNRoyal name
SNSettlement name
TNTemple name
WNWatercourse name
YNYear name

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Keywords Used by the RINAP 5 Corpus', RINAP 5: The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal, Aššur-etel-ilāni, and Sîn-šarra-iškun, The RINAP/RINAP 5 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2019 []

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