According to Melchert, the reading of Hieroglyphic Luvian (HLuvian, HLuwian) was completely revolutionized in 1974 by Hawkins, Morpurgo-Davies, and Neumann.

However, I haven't been able to find an overview of HLuvian writing that incorporates these "new readings": an inventory of signs with their readings, an explanation of the use of logograms and determiners, etc.

Does such an overview exist? If so, where would I find one? (The more modern the better; I don't know how much readings have changed since 1974 but I assume there's been some progress there.)


You can read Payne: https://books.google.fr/books/about/Hieroglyphic_Luwian.html?id=x_F71ge6-EIC which is a textbook (I have it as a book)
There's also the very huge book by John David Hawkins: https://books.google.fr/books?id=yZKJq5A6drwC This book is quite a marvel. (I have it as a pdf)

  • Excellent! Does Hawkins go into the intricacies of how the writing system works, or is it just a corpus with translations? (I can't tell from Google's blurb.) – Draconis Jan 11 at 16:49
  • yes, Hawkins also describes how the system works, especially those signs that are really the core of the system, and those who work differently. – Arnaud Fournet Jan 11 at 20:45
  • Excellent; I've picked up a copy of Hawkins through the library and I like his explanations a lot. – Draconis Jan 13 at 16:46

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