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LINGUIST List 21.182

Mon Jan 11 2010

Books: Historical Ling/Phonology: Saussure

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Mémoire sur le Systéme Primitif des Voyelles dans les Langues Indo-Européennes: Saussure

Message 1: Mémoire sur le Systéme Primitif des Voyelles dans les Langues Indo-Européennes: Saussure
Date: 11-Jan-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Mémoire sur le Systéme Primitif des Voyelles dans les Langues Indo-Européennes: Saussure
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Title: Mémoire sur le Systéme Primitif des Voyelles dans les Langues
Indo-Européennes
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Ferdinand de Saussure
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108006590 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 16.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108006590 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 24.99
Abstract:

Written in 1878, while the author was a twenty-year-old student in Berlin,
Saussure's only full-length work proposed the existence of two additional
sonant coefficients in the Indo-European parent language. Applying the
methods of comparison and internal reconstruction to Proto-Indo-European,
Saussure argued that the long vowels had developed from a short vowel plus
a sonant coefficient. A hypothesis far ahead of its time, his proposal was
not confirmed until 1927 when a consonantal phoneme etymologically derived
from Saussure's A was discovered in newly deciphered Hittite, the oldest
attested Indo-European language. Not only is the Mémoire a dramatic
demonstration of the method of internal reconstruction, but it also paved
the way for further developments in historical phonology including
laryngeal theory, and may have stimulated Saussure's later development of
structuralism. This reissue includes, as an appendix, Antoine Meillet's
1913 obituary of Saussure.

Revue des différents opinions émises sur le système des a;
1. Les liquides et nasales sonantes;
2. Le phonème A dans les langues européennes;
3. Les deux o gréco-italiennes;
4. Indices de la pluralité des a dans la langue mère indo-européenne;
5. Role grammatical des différentes espèces d'a;
6. De différents phénomènes relatifs aux sonantes i, u, r, n, m; Registre
des mots grecs.


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Phonology
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: French (fra )

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