The Hittite Language: Recovery and Grammatical Sketch

Gary Beckman

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940127 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Hittite Language: Recovery and Grammatical Sketch

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This article introduces the oldest-attested Indo-European language, Hittite, also one of the first lost Anatolian languages to be deciphered. Today we have achieved a fairly sophisticated understanding of the Hittite language, as illustrated by an exhaustive recent grammar, a number of linguistic sketches, and several ongoing dictionary projects.

Keywords: Hittites; Anatolian languages; ancient languages; Indo-European language

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Subjects: Archaeology of the Near East

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