Which Modern-Day Language Sounds Closest to Akkadian?
I was wondering if anyone knew which modern-day language sounds the closest to Akkadian? My guess is something like Arabic/Hebrew, but would they be just similar sounding or very close sounding?
My thought is that it's either Arabic or Hebrew (as you said); both belong in the same language family that Akkadian does (Semitic languages), but it could possibly something else (maybe Aramaic?)
Nothing sounds particularly close to it. It went extinct after being overtaken as a lingua franca by Aramaic before the 4th century BCE.
Akkadian phonology is also reconstructed, meaning that we don't know exactly how it sounded and we're making educated guesses based on the sounds of its neighbours and relatives.
Hebrew and Arabic are in the same family, but that doesn't mean they're going to sound alike. There's thousands of years between them, and Hebrew and Arabic don't even sound like each other. :)
Arabic, Hebrew and Amharic are actually pretty close to Akkadian "genetically" (from a linugistic perspective) because they are all Semetic languages.
Here is a Wikipedia article on the Semetic. It's set to automatically go to the Phonology section, which shows you using a chart what sounds are made in the languages. The consonants are extremely similar across the languages here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages#Consonants
I would think Syriac https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syriac_language I should know better. My Old Testament professor was Fr. Pentiuc who wrote? made? this dictionary: