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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Carian , in the southwest , which has also been found in the form of inscriptions
from the same period , is probably an Anatolian language as well . The script ,
which is related to that of Greek , nevertheless presents us with great difficulties .
Aeolic was spoken in Thessaly and Boetia ( from which area we have some
inscriptions ) and on Lesbos ( the poetess Sappho ) . Arcado - Cyprian is a
dialect which we know from inscriptions from Arcadia , in the heart of the
We have Oscan inscriptions , from the same period , which are written in its own
script , in the Greek ( south Italy was , of course , extensively colonized by the
Greeks ) , and in the Latin alphabet . Of the other languages spoken in Italy , such
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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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