Lehrstuhl für Altorientalistik

The Language of Kalašma: A New Branch of Anatolian

Datum: 02.02.2024, 17:00 - 19:00 Uhr
Vortragende: Elisabeth Rieken (Marburg) | Ilya Yakubovich (Marburg) in Kooperation mit Daniel Schwemer (Würzburg)

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

The recent news regarding the discovery of a new Indo-European language is based on the finding of a Cuneiform tablet at the Boğazköy-Hattusha archaeological site, the capital of the Hittites, during this summer. The tablet contains an introduction stating that a ritual expert conjures in (the language of) Kalašma. In what follows, we encounter a text that is not yet fully comprehended, written in a language sharing obvious similarities with the other Anatolian languages known so far but also exhibiting isolated features. Prof. Rieken will present the complete text and offer some hypotheses concerning its lexical and grammatical interpretation, which resulted from a collaboration between Dr. Ilya Yakubovich and herself.

Friday 2 February 2024, 5.00pm (local time)

Online and In person | Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

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