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Until recently the Hittites have been known to us chiefly from references in the Old Testament. Abraham bought the burial place for Sarah from a Hittite (Gen. 23), and Bathsheba, whom David coveted, was the wife of Uriah the Hittite (2 Sam. 11). Their language was preserved only in a few uninterpreted documents. In 1907, however, an archaeological expedition uncovered the site of the Hittite capital in Asia Minor, at Boghazköi, about ninety miles east of Ankara, containing the royal archives of nearly 10,000 clay tablets.
That this Vulgar Latin developed differently in the different parts of Europe in which it was introduced is explained by a number of factors. 5 These differences would be increased by separation and the influence of the languages spoken by the native populations as they adopted the new language. The Belgae and the Celts in Gaul, described by Caesar, differed from the Iberians in Spain. D. 107. 6 The principle can be illustrated by a modern instance. The Portuguese spoken in Brazil has no sound like the English th.
22–35, 85– 114, et passim, and the essays in Evidence for Laryngeals, ed. Werner Winter (The Hague, 1965). Lehmann, Proto-Indo-European Syntax (Austin, TX, 1974), pp. 34–35, 238–51, et passim. See also Calvert Watkins, “Preliminaries to the Reconstruction of Indo-European Sentence Structure,” in Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Linguists, ed. Lunt (The Hague, 1964). A history of the english language 32 Tocharian is the name given to the language in which some fragmentary texts were discovered in the early part of the present century in western China (Xinjiang Uygur).