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Assyro-Mittanian or Middle Assyrian?

Weeden, Mark (2012) 'Assyro-Mittanian or Middle Assyrian?' In: Devecchi, E, (ed.), Palaeography and Scribal Practices in Syro-Palestine and Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, pp. 229-251.

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Abstract

This article develops previous work on the palaeographic category "Assyro-Mittanian" which applies to a small group of Akkadian language tablets from Boğazköy displaying features of both Assyrian and Mittanian palaeography and orthography. The article seeks to demonstrate, as indeed was the position of some earlier researchers, that there is no such thing as an "Assyro-Mittanian" category per se as illustrated by these tablets. Their palaeography is Middle Assyrian, their orthography Babylonian-Mittanian. Taking a wider perspective, however, the Middle Assyrian script-type is itself historically derived from the Mittanian script-type, a hypothesis requiring further research. The term "Assyro-Mittanian" should refer to features shared by both Assyrian and Mittanian script types more generally. As a corollary, it is also possible that the process of importing these tablets to Hattusa and making copies of them introduced the apparently Assyrian and or Mittanian looking sign forms into Hittite cuneiform which are characteristic of the New Script and Late New Script ductus-types.

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Additional Information: After prompting from B. Alexandrov I realise that the normalisation ahtadi on p. 242 of this article for the transliterated ah-ta-te (IBoT 1.34, 8) is most likely wrong, should be ahtaṭi and therefore does not belong on p. 242 (examples of writing T for /d/) at all.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
Depositing User: Mark Weeden
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 09:27
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15887

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