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  • n. an ancient people who lived in northern Mesopotamia; they created a powerful kingdom called Mitanni in the 16-13th century BC
  • adj. of or pertaining to the Hurrians, their language or culture
  • proper n. the language of Hurrians; it is non-Indo-European and non-Semitic; the only known relative is the Urartian


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  • Also in that period, cuneiform writing became a general purpose writing system for logograms, syllables, and numbers, and this script was adapted to another Mesopotamian language, Akkadian, and from there to others such as Hurrian, and Hittite.

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  • Note easterly Hurrian kuwahi too although seeking an origin of this word in Eastern Turkey seems most unlikely despite what Puhvel suggests (see Puhvel, Hittite Etymological Dictionary: Words beginning with K (1997), p.257).

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  • I'm just throwing this idea in the ring again because I've recently tried working on translating a Hurrian text R.S.

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  • Hurrian Hymn no. 6, the earliest nearly-complete piece of written music, and I found that when authors included the umpteen-hundred suffixes in the glossary, either mixed in with the roots or in their own section, it made for much easier reference!

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  • Hurrian for that matter is poorly understood to begin with, leading to many a crackpot using it to claim that just about any language they wish is related to it.

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  • Information is a mere click away on the net and if you were honestly knowlegeable in Hurrian than you'd have surely read Woodard, The Ancient Languages of Asia Minor 2008, p.94 which gives a clear summary of the Hurrian declensional system.

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  • And restricting ourselves only to PIE and internal reconstruction of PIE, I've also already stated that a deictic postclitic with added support from real-world languages which do the same sufficiently explains the marked nominative in PIE without contorting the entire declensional system to eke out an ergative suffix so that you can fantasize about Hurrian links.

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  • Despite all that detailed work, I find nothing Hurrian about Etruscan.

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  • Rather, if there happens to be anything plausibly Hurrian in the Aegean languages, it's only via Hittite when pre-Etruscan dialects were present in Western Turkey during the 2nd millenium BCE as per Herodotus.

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  • I see your own knowledge of Hurrian is limited, leading you to making improper jugdements on other people's theories.

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