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Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia$
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Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265635

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265635.001.0001

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Naming Practices in Second- and First-Millennium Western Anatolia1

Naming Practices in Second- and First-Millennium Western Anatolia1

(p.31) 3 Naming Practices in Second- and First-Millennium Western Anatolia1
Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia

H. Craig Melchert

British Academy

This chapter provides a systematic survey of naming practices in the Indo-European languages of Western Anatolia in the second and first millennia, showing that essentially all types known from elsewhere in Indogermania are attested: Lallwörter, theophorics, determinative compounds of various kinds, and possessive compounds (bahuvrihis). Only Kurznamen and hypocoristica are surprisingly rare. The extent to which the above types reflect inherited usages is not addressed, but it is argued that the form of some Satznamen strongly suggests that they were initially formed on Hurrian (less probably Akkadian) models and then further adapted and extended. It is more tentatively suggested that the Apollodotos type of compound with past participle as second member, attested only in first-millennium south-eastern Anatolia, is based on Greek models.

Keywords:   bahuvrihi, determinative compound, Greek naming models, Hurrian naming models, hypocoristic, Kurznamen, Lallwörter, possessive compound, Satznamen, theophoric names

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