Author: Michaël Peyrot
Hardback: ISBN: 9789042024014 Pages: 262 Price: Europe EURO 52.00
Variation and change in Tocharian B is a systematic and extensive treatment of linguistic variants attested in this most archaic of the two Tocharian languages, which are known through manuscripts from the first millennium CE found along the Northern Silk Road in Xīnjiāng, China. The precise nature of the variants in Tocharian B has been the issue of a long debate. A careful survey of all variants from a wealth of published and unpublished texts shows that most of the variation is due to chronological development. Lists of text classification criteria and overviews of text types make this volume an ideal handbook for the study of the Tocharian lexicon, grammar, and manuscripts. It is of interest for scholars and students of Tocharian and Indo-European alike, and it will be both practical and indispensable for checking variants and their relative chronology.
Michaël Peyrot's research focuses on the philology and synchronic linguistics of Tocharian, as well as the prehistory of the Tocharian languages, from both an Indo-European and a language contact perspective. He studied comparative Indo-European linguistics and Tocharian in Leiden and Paris, and edited a large number of Tocharian manuscripts for the International Dunhuang Project of the British Library. He is a contributor of the Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary, and currently carries out research on the Tocharian subjunctive.