By Harry A. Hoffner
Hoffner and Melchert's long-awaited paintings is certain to turn into either the normal reference grammar and the most educating instrument for the Hittite language. the 1st quantity features a thorough description of Hittite grammar, grounded in an abundance of textual examples. in addition, the authors take into consideration an enormous array of reviews on all facets of the Hittite language. within the 5 a long time because the book of the second one version of Johannes Friedrich's Hethitisches Elementarbuch (1960), our wisdom of Hittite grammar has turn into extra certain and nuanced, in particular as a result of the variety of new texts to be had and the growing to be physique of secondary literature. this primary quantity within the LANE sequence fills a major hole and provides a accomplished reference for many years to return.
the second one quantity, on hand here, is an academic that contains a chain of graded classes with illustrative sentences for the coed to translate. the educational is keyed to the reference grammar and offers large notes.
the published grammar quantity is followed by means of a CD-ROM that comprises the total textual content of the grammar and instructional in searchable, cross-referenced, and hyperlinked shape.
Errata: Minor corrections, that have been integrated into the second one printings of either the Grammar and the educational (December, 2008 â€" January, 2009), can be found here for download.
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87). 33. 35 (sg. -l. 23 rev. 7ʹ (sg. -acc. neut. of /te:bu-/ ‘little’). Nevertheless, we should be extremely cautious in appealing to this possibility in questionable cases. 36 obv. 34 ii 19 (OH/NS) is a form of tiye- (‘stepped [to Aškaliya, saying]’), not of te- (‘said’). What used to be considered a pronominal stem ši-(i)-e- but now is correctly recognized as the number ‘one’ (see Goedegebuure 2006) should not be read as /se:-/ (see already Neu 1997: 147). 34. Many signs in the Hittite cuneiform syllabary are multivalent.
Van Gessel (1998–2001) has the advantage of completeness and great detail. Every attested occurrence is listed, together with bibliography on each deity. But unlike Laroche’s work, van Gessel’s does not group the various deities according to their ethnic provenience, nor is there much discussion of the deities whose names are catalogued. For this one must consult the recent comprehensive volumes on Hittite religion by Volkert Haas (1994) and Maciej Popko (1995). 1. The Hittite texts were written by professional scribes on clay tablets that were impressed with a stylus and dried in the sun and, to a lesser extent, on metal and on wax-covered wooden writing boards (referred to in the texts as gulzattar or, logographically, GIŠ-5 [= Akk.
Karpye:tsi/ could be spelled kar-pí-ez-zi but usually as kar-pí-e-ez-zi (with an extra e) to disambiguate the writing of the following iz/ez sign. ’ Even šieššar ‘beer’, which uses the unambiguous sign, is often further disambiguated by the writing ši-i-e-eš-šar, to prevent a mistaken reading *šeššar. 8 (p. 46 (p. 19 (p. 87). 33. 35 (sg. -l. 23 rev. 7ʹ (sg. -acc. neut. of /te:bu-/ ‘little’). Nevertheless, we should be extremely cautious in appealing to this possibility in questionable cases.
A Grammar of the Hittite Language by Harry A. Hoffner