Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction
J. Benjamins Pub., 1995 - 376 sider
The book gives a comprehensive introduction to Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, the first to appear in English. 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, who are considered to have lived in what is today the Ukraine.The book gives an introduction 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.
While the book presents a large amount of material and discusses many principles and the relevant terminology, it is written in a very readable and lucid style. Use of the book is facilitated by an appendix on phonetics, a glossary, full indexes, and an extensive bibliography. The book can be used as a first introduction to the field, and at the same time brings the reader to the current moment of research.
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Words become old - fashioned and are replaced ( yonder > there ) , forms are
replaced by other forms ( thee > you ) , etc . Present - day written forms of words
often betray still earlier forms ( in night , the gh is no longer pronounced , but it
In a later phase of development these allophones can become independent
phonemes . The most famous instance of this is the development of the k ( from
PIE * kw ) in Sanskrit . Before an e or an i the k became a c . In this phase the
b d j 8 ( 3 ) The voiceless stops have thus become spirants , the voiced stops
have become voiceless , and the aspirated sounds have lost their aspiration ( the
idea that these latter sounds originally were spirants is incorrect ) . p tk remains ...
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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
The IndoEuropean Family of Languages
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