Asianic Languages (Luwian, Lycian)

lglor2771  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Asianic Languages (Luwian, Lycian)
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
22.5 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Tavernier Jan;
LGLOR 1611 and LGLOR 1612.
Main themes
Extensive knowledge of the Luwian and Lycian languages, two Anatolian languages which are closely related to Hittite.
Alternating with LGLOR2772, this course deals with the following themes:
1. The scripts that are used in the texts studied,
2. The vocabulary of the texts,
3. The nominal and verbal morphology,
4. Syntactic issues.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be capable to read and translate Luwian and Lycian texts. The course focuses on the grammatical study of both languages as well as on the reading of texts recorded in these languages.
The course gives the necessary philological complement to any student who is interested in Asia Minor and Syria from the 2nd Millennium to the Roman period.
Luwian is an Indo-European sister language of Hittite, written in both cuneiform and a hieroglyphic script, attested both on clay tablets and monuments. The course deals with inscriptions coming from northern Syria (Carchemish) and Turkey (Malatya) as well as with Luwian passages in Hittite texts.
Lycian is also an Anatolian language and is very close to Luwian. Inscriptions in this language were recorded in the 5th and 4th centuries BC (Achaemenid period).
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The part 'Initiation' takes the form of lectures.
The texts prepared by the students are corrected and are the subject of grammatical, historic and cultural commentaries.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Continuous evaluation during the year.
Written exam of an unseen text followed by its oral correction.
Other information
The lecturer will fix the timetable at the beginning of the year in consultation with the students.
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.


- R. Lebrun, « Approche du monde louvite », Volumen 5-6 (2011), 111-137.
- H.C. Melchert (éd.), The Luwians (HdO sect. 1, vol. 68), Leyde-Boston, 2003.
- H.C. Melchert, « Lycian », R.D. Woodard (éd.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, Cambridge, 2004, 591-600.
- G. Neumann & J. Tischler, Glossar des Lykischen (Dresdner Beiträge zur Hethitologie 21), Wiesbaden, 2007
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Teaching methods
In the event that the health crisis does not allow the course to be given face-to-face, the course will be given remotely, via Teams.
Evaluation methods
In the event that the health crisis does not allow the examination to take place face-to-face, it will take place remotely, via Teams.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies