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The Hittite Language: Structure and Analysis


Admission requirements



Hittite is the language of the Hittite Empire that ruled over large parts of Anatolia and Syria from 1650-1200 BC. It is attested in some 30,000 pieces of clay tablet excavated in the Hittite capital Hattusa. It is the oldest attested Indo-European language. In this course students are offered a structural and analytical approach to Hittite grammar and texts.

Course objectives

1) Students will be able to independently read Hittite texts.

2) Students with an Assyriological background will be able to read these texts in the cuneiform script.

3) Students with a linguistic background will be able to read these texts in transcription, and will be able to carry out a deep linguistic analysis of the language.


See Timetable Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Assyriology

Mode of instruction

Students are expected to attend the weekly seminars of the BA course Hittite (5512V2037), where the basic grammar of Hittite is taught.

Students will be given a reading list for self-study.

Tutorials on the topics from the reading list will be given on the basis of students’ needs and interests.

Course Load

  • time spent on attending seminars: 26 hours

  • time preparation of the classes: 49 hours

  • time for the reading list: 60 hours

  • time to prepare for the final paper: 145 hours

Assessment Method

Final paper 100%


This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

To be purchased:

  • Van den Hout, Theo (2011). The Elements of Hittite. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch. ### Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:
MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C.