Word-internal plene spelling with {i} and {e} in Cuneiform Luwian texts
 
Elisabeth Rieken (Philipp University of Marburg, rieken@staff.uni-marburg.de)
 
Journal of Language Relationship, № 15/1-2, 2017 - p.19-30
 
Melchertʼs hypothesis that the cuneiform “orthography” of Hittite was transferred to Cuneiform Luwian by the Hittite scribes was tested with regard to the plene spelling with {i}. With our improved knowledge of the historical grammar of Luwian, it could be confirmed. Several cases of plene {i} found a new explanation. In addition, the restricted use of plene was described by a limited set of clear rules.
 
Keywords: plene spelling, Luwian phonology
 
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