Per un’etimologia del sistema: itt. ḫe/inkan-
Parole chiave:ittito, greco omerico, etimologia, cultura indoeuropea, Hittite, Homeric Greek, etymology, Indo-European culture
Towards an etymology of the system: Hitt. ḫe/inkan-. The aim of this paper is to investigate the origin of the Hittite form ḫe/inkan- ‘death, doom, plague’ by focusing on its relationship with the verb hink- ‘bestow’. Although this noun is already attested in the oldest texts, its etymological interpretation is difficult. It will be suggested the semantic development ‘that what has been allotted to someone > ‘bestowal’ > ‘lot, fate’ > ‘fate of death’.