Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An introduction. Second edition

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John Benjamins Publishing, 18. okt. 2011 - 415 sider
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This book gives a comprehensive introduction to Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. It starts with a presentation of the languages of the family (from English and the other Germanic languages, the Celtic and Slavic languages, Latin, Greek and Sanskrit through Armenian and Albanian) and a discussion of the culture and origin of the Indo-Europeans, the speakers of the Indo-European proto-language.The reader is introduced into the nature of language change and the methods of reconstruction of older language stages, with many examples (from the Indo-European languages). A full description is given of the sound changes, which makes it possible to follow the origin of the different Indo-European languages step by step. This is followed by a discussion of the development of all the morphological categories of Proto-Indo-European.
The book presents the latest in scholarly insights, like the laryngeal and glottalic theory, the accentuation, the ablaut patterns, and these are systematically integrated into the treatment.
The text of this second edition has been corrected and updated by Michiel de Vaan. Sixty-six new exercises enable the student to practice the reconstruction of PIE phonology and morphology.
 

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Beekes presents an interesting, if in some places controversial, overview of the Indo-European languages and their comparative grammar. The book is divided into two parts. The first part deals with a ... Les hele vurderingen

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1 Introduction
3
2 The IndoEuropean Family of Languages
11
3 The Culture and Origin of the IndoEuropeans
35
4 Sound Change
55
Language change
73
5 Analogy
75
6 Other FormChanges
83
7 Vocabulary Changes
85
Morphology
169
12 Introduction
171
13 The Substantive
179
14 The Adjective
219
15 The Pronoun
225
16 The Numerals
237
17 Indeclinable Words
245
18 The Verb
251

8 Morphological and Syntactic Change
93
9 Internal Reconstruction
99
Reconstruction
105
10 The Comparative Method
107
Part II Comparative IndoEuropean Linguistics Phonology
117
11 The Sounds and the Accent
119
Appendix
289
Bibliography
311
Maps
343
Illustrations
359
Indexes
387
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