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Nasal + Obstruent Clusters in Hittite

John S. Justeson and Laurence D. Stephens
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 101, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1981), pp. 367-370
DOI: 10.2307/602600
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/602600
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Hittite spellings include sporadic and etymologically unmotivated additions and omissions of nasal consonants. This paper demonstrates that this orthographic variation is primarily the product of variably reduced nasality in nasal + obstruent clusters and secondarily of orthographic deficiencies inherent in the syllabic spelling of some of these clusters. This conclusion is based on externally demonstrated orthographic and linguistic principles and on further Hittite data.

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