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  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Volume 74, Issue 1
  • February 2011, pp. 59-76

Spelling, phonology and etymology in Hittite historical linguistics

  • Mark Weeden (a1)
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  • Published online: 08 March 2011

This is a review article on Alwin Kloekhorst, Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series 5. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008. $199. ISBN 978 90 04 16092 7). The article addresses issues arising from Kloekhorst's depiction of Hittite cuneiform spelling conventions in the context of the wider cuneiform world (Mesopotamia and Northern Syria). In particular the representation of a glottal stop in Hittite and relevant cuneiform writing is addressed. The second part of the article addresses further individual graphic and lexical issues arising throughout the etymological dictionary.

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