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LINGUIST List 24.2017

Sat May 11 2013

Books: Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language: Rask, Ege (Trans)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-May-2013
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language: Rask, Ege (Trans)
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Title: Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic
Language
Subtitle: New edition of the 1993 English translation by Niels Ege
Series Title: Amsterdam Classics in Linguistics, 1800–1925 18
Published: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/acil.18

Author: Rasmus Rask
Translated by: Niels Ege
Introduction by: Frans Gregersen
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271983 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271983 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027271983 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208811 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208811 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208811 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This edition constitutes a reprint of Niels Ege’s English translation of Rasmus Rask’s prize essay of 1818, which appeared as volume XXVI in the Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague in 1993. The prize essay was published in Danish in 1818. In contrast to other works by Rask, notably his introduction to the study of Icelandic, it was never reissued until Louis Hjelmslev published a corrected version in Danish as part of his edition of Rask’s selected works. While Rask lived, a substantial part of the book was translated into German. The present work is, however, the only translation of the work into English and indeed into any other language. It is to be hoped that the field of the history of linguistics will hereby receive a new impetus to scrutinize the early beginnings of Indo-European scholarship. But, just as importantly, the translation of this work of genius reveals that even if details in the substantial treatment of the various branches of language have now been superseded, the theoretical parts of the book are still worth reading by all linguists for their own sake.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Norse, Old (non)

Written In: English (eng)

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