LINGUIST List 10.1533

Fri Oct 15 1999

Confs: Historical Ling/"The Hittites & Indo-European"

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  1. Stuart Wheeler, Historical Ling/Greater Anatolia and the Indo-Hittite Language Family

Message 1: Historical Ling/Greater Anatolia and the Indo-Hittite Language Family

Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 14:02:43 -0400
From: Stuart Wheeler <>
Subject: Historical Ling/Greater Anatolia and the Indo-Hittite Language Family

On March 17-19 of 2000 a colloquium on this topic will be held at the
University of Richmond. Assuming the Indo-Hittite theory as a point
of departure, the organizers hope that the colloquium will explore but
also narrow the possibilities for the relationship of Greater Anatolia
(everything from the Aegean to the Caspian, and from the Caucasus to
the Jazirah) to both the Anatolian and the "traditional" Indo-European
branches of Indo-Hittite. The colloquium will begin on Friday evening
with a public lecture by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew, followed by a
reception for participants and registrants. The title of Professor
Renfrew's address is, "The Hittites and Indo-European: Some Historical
Questions." On Saturday and on Sunday morning invited speakers will
present eight papers, approaching the topic from a wide variety of
disciplines and perspectives, and the papers will be followed by two
critical responses. It is hoped that all papers and responses will be
intelligible to scholars outside the presenter's own specialty.

Papers will be presented by Elizabeth Wayland Barber, William Darden,
Margalit Finkelberg, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Peter Kuniholm, Alexander
Lehrman, Colin Renfrew, and Paul Zimansky. Craig Melchert and Jeremy
Rutter have agreed to present critical responses. Funding for the
colloquium will be provided by a matching grant made to the University
of Richmond by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For program information contact Prof. Robert Drews, Department of
Classical Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235.

For information on registration and accommodations contact
Prof. Stuart Wheeler, Chair, Department of Classical Studies,
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173. E-mail:
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