Hieroglyphic Luwian: An Introduction with Original Texts
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010 pp. xiv + 215.2nd Rev. Edition. €29.80
Subsidia et Instrumenta Linguarum Orientis, 2
Description: The book is a comprehensive and concise introduction to Hieroglyphic Luwian, an early IndoEuropean language used c. 14th8th century BC in Ancient Anatolia. It has been written for beginners studying on their own and assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. It begins with the history of the language and its discovery and decipherment up to the present day. It contains a clearly structured concise grammar which offers much original material on Luwian syntax. Twelve reading exercises introduce the basic grammatical principles and are carefully graded to allow the reader to build up a knowledge of common signs and vocabulary as well as giving a broad introduction to Hieroglyphic Luwian literature. Grammatical analysis, commentary, vocabulary notes and a revision section accompany each text. Additionally, the book includes the most extensive uptodate vocabulary available and a complete sign list. Both will serve the reader as invaluable tools for any further study of the subject.
Subjects: Methods, Linguistics
Review by Robert Holmstedt
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Citation: Robert Holmstedt, review of Annick Payne, Hieroglyphic Luwian: An Introduction with Original Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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