Professor Terumasa Oshiro

Area and Subject Taught Linguistics
Research Theme(s) Comparative Study of Indo-European Anatolian Languages
Academic Degrees Doctor of Literature, Hiroshima University
Keywords for Research Field Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics, Indo-European Anatolian Studies
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1753
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Research Overview

My interest is focused on the comparative research of Anatolian languages (Hittite,Luwian, Hieroglyphic Luwian, Palaic, Lycian, Milyan, Lydian), forming one of the oldest linguistic groups in the Indo-European language family. In particular, I am using a morphological and syntactic approach to unravel the mysteries of Hieroglyphic Luwian, frequently included in the category of undeciphered languages, taking cues from the findings of the plentiful and thorough studies that have been done on Hittite, the major language of the group. Also, I am working to decode Lycian, included in the same subdivision as Hieroglyphic Luwian. As archaic linguistic traits can be seen in the Indo-European Anatolian languages, this decoding is expected to provide data extremely valuable to the field of comparative Indo-European linguistics, and also brings up cultural and historical issues of great importance to the study of the diffusion of three different writing systems ‒ cuneiform, hieroglyphic and alphabetic writings.

Notable Publications and Works

  1. “The Hieroglyphic Luwian-si Again”, Lingua Posnaniensis 52, 2010, 67-70.
  2. “ On the Omission of the Hieroglyphic Luwian Verb‘ to be’”, Lingua Posnaniensis 45, 2003, 33-38.
  3. “ Hieroglyphic Luwian tuwati and u(n)zati”, The Asia Minor Connexion: Studies on the Pre-Greek Languages in Memory of Charles Carter, Louvain, 2000,189-193.
  4. “ The Spatio-Temporal Adverbs in Hieroglyphic Luwian”, Essays on Anatolia and its Surrounding Civilizations, Wiesbaden, 1995, 195-205.
  5. “ The Verbal Reduplication in Hieroglyphic Luwian”, Orient 30-31: Collected Papers dedicated to H. I. H. Prince Takahito Mikasa on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Tokyo, 1995, 294-301.