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Volume 3  No. 2

 

December 2012

 

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A Survey of the Hatti Language from an Indo-European Perspective  

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The paper is a phonological introduction to Hatti together with a compilation of Hatti words with well-established meanings and a comparative survey of Hatti morphology. It is shown that Hatti is genetically related to Proto-Indo-European.  

 

About the names of Kassite kings

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The Kassites were a people of the Ancient Near East. The aim of the paper is to propose etymological meanings for the names of Kassite kings on the basis of what little is known of Kassite with the help of Hurrian, which is one of the closest relatives of Kassite.

 

 A Tentative Etymological Glossary of Etruscan

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The paper is a linguistic and historical introduction to Etruscan together with a compilation of Etruscan words with well-established meanings. It is shown that the Etruscan vocabulary is made up of Hurro-Urartean cognates, together with Indo-European and Semitic loanwords. 

 


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 Determining Statistical Signatures for Undeciphered Scripts and Corpora: the case of the Indus Valley Signs 

Arnaud Fournet

 

Abstract: The paper first makes an assessment of a number of arguments about the linguistic or purely semiotic status of the Indus Valley Signs. According to the author it is hard to believe that a well organized society with precise weights could not have some kind of writing system at the same time. It is shown that the basic units of linguistic description: words, phonemes and syllables, can be distinguished by their statistical signatures. As a consequence, if a writing system is embedded in the Indus Signs corpus then it should be a syllabary with a high number of syllables (several hundreds as in Dravidian syllabaries or the Yi syllabary).