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→‎Syllabary: the reading wa = PI and the IA ligature are not original to Hittite; they're already found e.g. in the Code of Hammurabi (wi5 = GEŠTIN does seem to be a Hittite invention as far as I can tell)
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(→‎Syllabary: the reading wa = PI and the IA ligature are not original to Hittite; they're already found e.g. in the Code of Hammurabi (wi5 = GEŠTIN does seem to be a Hittite invention as far as I can tell))
as well as four vowel qualities, ''a, e, i, u''.
The Akkadian language had no use for ''g̃'' or ''ř'' but needed to distinguish its [[emphatic series]], ''q, ṣ, ṭ'', adopting various "superfluous" Sumerian signs for the purpose (e.g. ''qe''=KIN, ''qu''=KUM, ''qi''=KIN, ''ṣa''=ZA, ''ṣe''=ZÍ, ''ṭur''=DUR etc.{{Clarify|date=August 2009}})
Hittite as it adopted the Akkadian cuneiform further introduced signs forsuch the glide ''w'', e.g. ''wa''=PI,as ''wi<sub>5</sub>''=GEŠTIN) as well as a ligature I.A for ''ya''.
 
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