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The Elements of Hittite

  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521133005


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  • This textbook offers in ten lessons a comprehensive grammar of the Hittite language with ample exercise material both in transliteration and cuneiform. It contains a separate paradigms section, an index of syntactic and semantic topics treated as well as a list of all cuneiform signs used in the book. A full glossary concludes the textbook. The cuneiform is not necessary and can be left optional if so desired. The introduction gives the necessary cultural and historical background and gives suggestions for further reading. It also explains the principles of the cuneiform writing system. The book can be used both in trimester and semester systems.

    • New introductory textbook arising from the author's own teaching which makes learning Hittite possible for students and scholars of Hittite and ancient Near Eastern studies, Biblical studies, classics and Indo-European linguistics
    • Makes extensive use of material from real Hittite texts
    • Introduces the cuneiform script, thereby enabling the student to understand why the language looks the way it does and where some of its problems come from
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521133005
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 map 123 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Hittite
    • Hittite Myth and History
    • Topics in Linguistics (Hittite)
  • Author

    Theo van den Hout, University of Chicago
    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.

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