Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hoffner and Melchert's Hittite Grammar

A Grammar of the Hittite Language, 1: Reference Grammar

A Grammar of the Hittite Language, 1: Reference Grammar
Part I: Reference Grammar
Languages of the Ancient Near East - LANE 1/1
by Harry A. Hoffner Jr. and H. Craig Melchert
Eisenbrauns, 2008
Pp. xxii + 468; CD-ROM, English
Cloth, 7 x 9 inches
ISBN: 1575061198
List Price: $59.50
Your Price: $53.55
www.eisenbrauns.com/wconnect/wc.dll?ebGate~EIS~~I~HOFGRAMMA


Above is the info for Hoffner and Melchert's new Hittite Grammar. My friend showed it to me today and it seems like the best resource out there for learning Hittite. There is a tutorial included in the CD which would be excellent for learning the language; it is also available separately. The only other ones I've seen are one called Beginning Hittite which, judging from the peer reviews and my experience with it, is the worst thing out there, and Johannes Friedrich's Hethitisches Elementarbuch which is only useful if you read German. Hoffner and Melchert's will no doubt be the standard English language grammar for a while. If you're crazy enough to learn Hittite, this is the best thing out there right now.

4 comments:

jps said...

Thanks for the endorsement : )

I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but there is a smaller companion tutorial that would probably be better to learn from. It is included in the CD in the back of the Reference Grammar, but it is also available separately.

James

Ben said...

No prob.

I wasn't aware of the tutorial; the post has been amended accordingly.

Bill said...

This is great, thanks. I found a perfect hieroglyphic corpus encyclopedia on google books, but they retail for about a thousand dollars, if you can find one. Hittite cuneiform is relatively simple, but I'm trying to learn the symbols and syllabic scripts. Some of the hieroglyphs aren't even known yet.

Bill said...

This is great. I'm trying to learn the hieroglyphs and syllabaries, not the cuneiform Hatti scripts. I found a Luwian Encyclopedia on google books, but it retails for about a thousand dollars.