Textual units and word boundaries in Elamite texts | University of Oxford

Textual units and word boundaries in Elamite texts

Speaker
Parsa Daneshmand, Wolfson
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 4JD
Venue details

Fitzjames I

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Elamite is the language of thousands of cuneiform texts dating from 2300 BC to 350 BC. Elamite inscribed objects have been commonly found from an area between Susiana and Persepolis in Iran. A few Elamite texts have been discovered in central Iran, in eastern Turkey, and at Old Ghandehar in Afghanistan. The Elamite cuneiform script is an adaptation of Mesopotamian cuneiform, which can be distinguished paleographically from that used in Akkadian texts. Despite adopting Mesopotamian cuneiform, Elamite scribes gradually modified Mesopotamian types of textual divisions. In most Neo and Achaemenid Elamite texts, for example, line divisions do not take place at word boundaries. This presentation focuses on such indigenous characteristics of textual division in Elamite texts and discusses parameters such as the shape of tablets and the scribal tradition affecting the units of textual division in Elamite texts.