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A Sumerogram is the use of a Sumerian cuneiform character or group of characters as an ideogram or logogram rather than a syllabogram in the graphic representation of a language other than Sumerian, such as Akkadian or Hittite. As in other cases when signs are read in a non-phonetic way, Sumerograms are normally transliterated in majuscule letters, with dots separating the signs. In the same way, a written Akkadian word that is used ideographically to represent a language other than Akkadian (such as Hittite) is known as an Akkadogram.
This type of logograms characterized, to a greater or lesser extent, every adaptation of the original Mesopotamian cuneiform system to a language other than Sumerian. The frequency and intensity of their use varied depending on period, style and genre.
Some articles that include examples of Sumerograms
- Lady of the Lions—NIN.UR.MAH.MESH="Lady-lions"
- Lions:—UR.MAH.MESH(or UR.MAH.MEŠ)=lions(note: MESH(MEŠ) is just the plural)
- NIN (cuneiform)
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