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Sat Nov 07 2009

Books: Historical Ling/Morphology/Phonology: Kortlandt

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        1.    Eric van Broekhuizen, Baltica & Balto-Slavica: Kortlandt

Message 1: Baltica & Balto-Slavica: Kortlandt
Date: 06-Nov-2009
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl>
Subject: Baltica & Balto-Slavica: Kortlandt
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Title: Baltica & Balto-Slavica
Series Title: Leiden Studies in Indo-European 16
Published: 2009
Publisher: Rodopi

Book URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=LEIDEN+16

Author: Frederik H. Kortlandt
Hardback: ISBN: 9789042026520 Pages: 454 Price: Europe EURO 90.00

This volume offers a discussion of the phonological, accentological and
morphological development of the Baltic languages and their Indo-European
origins. The first half of this book is about Baltic historical phonology
and morphology and the second half is about Prussian. The emphasis is on
the relative chronology of sound changes and on the development of the
flexional and derivational categories of nouns, pronouns and verbs. It is
argued that the Balto-Slavic acute tone was a glottal stop which developed
from the Indo-European laryngeals and from Winter's law and that the
original circumflex continues other vocalic sequences. Special points of
attention are the gen.pl. endings, ē and ī/jā stems, and
thematic and athematic present endings. The second half of the book
contains a comparative analysis of the three Prussian catechisms, resulting
in the conclusion that they represent three consecutive stages of a real
linguistic system. It includes a discussion of the Prussian accent shift,
initial vowels, diphthongs, infinitives, verb classes, participles and
traces of ablauting paradigms. The final part of the book offers a full
linguistic interpretation of the three Prussian catechisms on the basis of
the preceding chapters, followed by a list of references and a word index.
The book is of interest to Balticists, Slavicists, Indo-Europeanists, and
other historical linguists.









Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Prussian (prg)
Language Family(ies): Baltic

Written In: English (eng )

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