Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon


Hittite is the oldest attested Indo-European language and therefore of paramount importance for comparative Indo-European linguistics. Although in the last few decades our knowledge of the synchronic and historical linguistics of Hittite has profoundly increased, these new insights have not been systematically applied to the whole Hittite material. This book fills this gap by, for the first time, providing an etymological dictionary of the entire Hittite lexicon of Indo-European origin in which all words are treated in a coherent way. Furthermore, it provides a thorough description of the synchronic phonological system of Hittite as well as a comprehensive study of the Hittite historical morphology and phonology. The result is a monumental handbook that will form an indispensable tool for Indo-Europeanists and Hittitologists alike.


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Biographical Note

Alwin Kloekhorst, Ph.D. (2007) in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University, is a collaborator of the Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Project. His research focuses on the synchronic and historical linguistics as well as philological aspects of Hittite and the other Anatolian languages.

Review Quotes

Praises for the Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon: "The first and only etymological dictionary of Hittite that represents an informed, comprehensive, and internally coherent approach to Hittite historical grammar with many new original contributions." Prof. dr. Craig Melchert A. Richard Diebold Professor of Indo-European Studies, UCLA, USA "Alwin Kloekhorst's book is the product of a brilliant mind. I consider it the most important work on Hittite linguistics since nearly two decades." Prof. dr. Norbert Oettinger, Professor of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics University of Erlangen, Germany


Indo-Europeanists, Hittitologists, Assyriologists, and all those interested in historical linguistics.