There was also doubt whether the signs composing a Semite's name represented a phonetic reading or a logographic compound.
For example, the sign DINGIR in a Hittite text may represent either the Hittite syllable an or may be part of an Akkadian phrase, representing the syllable ilit may be a Sumerogramrepresenting the original Sumerian meaning, 'god' or the determinative for a deity.
One word, which occurs without any variation towards the beginning of each inscription, he correctly inferred to signify "king". Some of the writings include sayings of wisdom.
One convention that sees wide use across the different fields is the use of acute and grave accents as an abbreviation for homophone disambiguation.
Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, Theo van den Hout, tells us about young ancient mesopotamian scribes and shows how cuneiform in Mesopotamia developed. In a Diri compound, the individual signs are separated with dots in transliteration. Conatct Caroline Ludovici at info carolineludovici.
Scribes would take a stylus a stick made from a reed and press the lines and symbols into soft, moist clay. Thus, u is equivalent to u1, the first glyph expressing phonetic u.
Cuneiform writing was around for thousands of years until it was replaced by the Phoenician alphabet near the end of the neo-Assyrian Empire.