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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We find changes of construction but not of meaning in the IE languages where
words in the plural neuter acquire a verb in the plural . For this was not the case
in PIE : a verb in the singular corresponded there with the neuter plural . In
There are , then , some indications that the plural form was * - bhis , and that is
what one also reads in a number of the handbooks , though it is not correct . One
must also examine the Greek forms ending in - phi , which can be found in Homer
... Gr . aién ' always ' ( see above ) . Further , Sanskrit has - n - , Balto - Slavic - en
- as does Germanic and Armenian , but the latter has - n - in the instrumental . (
This form is perhaps not relevant , because it could be taken from the plural ) .
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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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