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LINGUIST List 25.508

Fri Jan 31 2014

Books: Prelude to Baltic Linguistics: Dini

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Jan-2014
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl>
Subject: Prelude to Baltic Linguistics: Dini
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Title: Prelude to Baltic Linguistics
Subtitle: Earliest Theories about Baltic Languages (16th century)
Series Title: On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics Vol. 36
Published: 2014
Publisher: Rodopi
                http://www.rodopi.nl/

Book URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=BALTIC+36

Author: Pietro U. Dini
Electronic: ISBN: 9789401210461 Pages: 179 Price: Europe EURO 34
Paperback: ISBN: 9789042037984 Pages: 170 Price: Europe EURO 38
Abstract:

This book is a study of the relatively unknown field of Baltic linguistic historiography associated with the 16th century. This has been the saeculum mirabile of Baltic philology, not only on account of the first books having appeared during that period, but also due to the diverse linguistic ideas about the Baltic languages which were circulating during Renaissance Palaeocomparativism: the Slavic and the closely connected Illyrian theory, the Latin theory (with its variants: the semi-Latin, the neo-Latin, and the Wallachian), also the Quadripartite theory. Minor but significant linguistic ideas are also discussed here, for example the emergence of a Hebrew theory and the Greek theory about Old Prussian. The synoptic juxtaposition of the different ideas shows very well the state of knowledge in Europe about the languages which later would be called ‘Baltic’ and the modernity of those ideas within European Renaissance linguistic debate leading to the rise of comparative linguistic genealogy.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            History of Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Baltic

Written In: English (eng)

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