The Elements of HittitePaperback
- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 217 pages
- Dimensions: 174mm x 244mm x 12mm | 440g
- Publication date: 9 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521133009
- ISBN 13: 9780521133005
- Illustrations note: 13 b/w illus. 1 map 123 tables
- Sales rank: 227,176
Hittite is the earliest attested Indo-European language and was the language of a state which flourished in Asia Minor in the second millennium BC. This exciting and accessible new introductory course, which can be used in both trimester and semester systems, offers in ten lessons a comprehensive introduction to the grammar of the Hittite language with ample exercises both in transliteration and in cuneiform. It includes a separate section of paradigms, a grammatical index, as well as a list of every cuneiform sign used in the book. A full glossary can be found at the back. The book has been designed so that the cuneiform is not essential and can be left out of any course if so desired. The introduction provides the necessary cultural and historical background, with suggestions for further reading, and explains the principles of the cuneiform writing system.
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Theo van den Hout is Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary (CHD) since 2000. Besides his work on the dictionary his current personal interests focus on ancient record management and early literacy in Hittite society. He has over twenty years of experience teaching Hittite and other Anatolian languages at the Universities of Amsterdam and Chicago.
Table of contents
Introduction; Lesson 1; Lesson 2; Lesson 3; Lesson 4; Lesson 5; Lesson 6; Lesson 7; Lesson 8; Lesson 9; Lesson 10; Appendix 1. Paradigms; Appendix 2. Sources of exercise material; Appendix 3. Index of syntax and phonological phenomena; Appendix 4. Cuneiform sign list; Appendix 5. Glossary.