Chapter 2 Textual Multilingualism in 2nd Millennium BC Anatolia as a Heuristic of a Culture: The State-of-the-Art

In: Variation, Contact, and Reconstruction in the Ancient Indo-European Languages
Paola Cotticelli Kurras
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This paper aims at providing a very general overview of the written tradition of bi- or tri-lingual texts in many genres of the multilingual Hittite culture, on the one hand, and, on the other, on methodological debates concerning interplay and results of multilingualism. After sketching a typology of multilingualism considering the different expression of spoken vs written types, I here discuss, in the different contexts, the historical premises and the theoretical framework for multilingual and multidirectional contact.

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