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Wed Dec 08 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Kortlandt

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        1.     Eric van Broekhuizen , Studies in Germanic, Indo-European and Indo-Uralic: Kortlandt

Message 1: Studies in Germanic, Indo-European and Indo-Uralic: Kortlandt
Date: 03-Dec-2010
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <>
Subject: Studies in Germanic, Indo-European and Indo-Uralic: Kortlandt
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Title: Studies in Germanic, Indo-European and Indo-Uralic Series Title: Leiden Studies in Indo-European 17 Published: 2010 Publisher: Rodopi

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Author: Frederik H. Kortlandt Electronic: ISBN: 9789042031364 Pages: 546 Price: Europe EURO 110
Hardback: ISBN: 9789042031357 Pages: 546 Price: Europe EURO 110

The red thread which runs through this book is a quest for relativechronology of linguistic developments. The probability of a reconstructioncan be judged against the background of the transitions which it impliesfor the linguistic system as a whole. The reconstructions are alwaysbottom-up, never top-down. It follows that the chapters on Germanic can beread without reference to the Indo-European background and that theIndo-Uralic part of the book can be left out of consideration if one doesnot want to look beyond Proto-Indo-European.The initial chapters of the book offer an introduction to the backgroundand methodology of the reconstructions with a discussion of the spread ofthe Indo-Europeans, the role of general linguistics in linguisticreconstruction, the nature of mixed languages, the origin of the Goths, therelations between Indo-European, Uralic and Caucasian languages, and thestructure and development of Proto-Indo-European. The following chaptersdeal with the phonology and morphosyntax of Indo-European, Greek,Indo-Iranian and Tocharian. These are followed by a discussion of Germanicphonology, verb classes, verbal and nominal inflexion, and specific issuesin English, German and Scandinavian languages. After a short treatment ofAlbanian, Armenian, Balto-Slavic and Italo-Celtic topics, the volume isconcluded with a discussion of Anatolian and Indo-Uralic phonology andmorphosyntax. The book is of interest to students of Germanic,Indo-European and historical linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Language Family(ies): Germanic                             Indo-European
Written In: English (eng )

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