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 (lo͞o′vē-ən) also Lu·wi·an (-wē-ən)
1. A language of the extinct ancient Anatolian branch of Indo-European, attested in documents and inscriptions from Anatolia and Syria from the second and first millennia bc.
2. A speaker of Luvian.
Of or relating to the Luvians, their culture, or their language.

[From Hittite Lūiya, ancient region in Anatolia.]


(ˈlu i ən)

1. an extinct Indo-European language of S Anatolia, contemporary with and closely related to Hittite, and attested in both cuneiform and a hieroglyphic script.
2. of or pertaining to Luwian.
[1920–25; Luwi nation of ancient Asia Minor + -an1]
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Noun1.Luwian - an Anatolian language
Anatolian, Anatolian language - an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
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Two inscribed monuments carved in Hieroglyphic Luwian, the ancient language of the Hittites, found near Hama in Syria more than 50 years ago, provide a description of Kupapiyas, the only named female known from this region in the early part of the first millennium BCE.
Dealing with the deeply religious people of Kizzuwatna, a multi-ethnic people of combined Luwian and Hurrian descent involved dealing with the theocratic aristocracy of the region.
Hieroglyphic Luwian Studies have a growing importance not only in Hittitology, but also in ancient Near Eastern studies in general.
Objective: The present project aims at analysing the morpho-syntactical features of the Luwian language working on the available texts and combining a standard linguistic analysis with the implementation of a statistical analysis of the annotated corpus.
Hieroglyphic Luwian is a variant of the Luwian language belonging to the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family from the 17th to 13th century.
2] Cappadocia could come from the Luwian, or Luvian language, meaning "Low Country".
Her introduction discusses the discovery of the Luwian inscriptions, the historical background of the Hittite Empire 1680-1200 and successor states, biblical Hittites, the hieroglyphic script, hieroglyphic scholarship, texts, and kingship.
different scripts were in use at Ugarit: Egyptian and Luwian hieroglyphs, and
This geographically confined region appears to be a complicated zone mixing components from the Luwian, Cyprian, Assyrian, Phoenician, and later the Babylonian, Achaemenid and Greek cultures.
Indeed, the possibility that it was originally a Luwian loanword (75) hints at its much greater antiquity.
parzilli- (transliterated barzilli- in BGH 302) is compatible with our reconstruction of Luwian *parzil(i)-, but we failed to locate the Hurrian noun in the reference sources that were available to us at the time of our writing.
Morphosyntax of the Noun Phrase in Hieroglyphic Luwian