LINGUIST List 8.894

Wed Jun 18 1997

Books: Etymology

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Message 1: New Book: Hittite Etymological Dictionary

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 18:28:23 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Book: Hittite Etymological Dictionary

 Jaan Puhvel


 Volume 4: Words beginning with K
 1997. 23 x 15,5 cm. X, 333 pages 
 Cloth DM 248,-/approx. US$ 177.00
 ISBN 3-11-015491-9
 Trends in Linguistics: Documentation

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

This is the fourth volume in the comprehensive compendium of the
vocabulary of Hittite, one of the great languages of the ancient Near
East and of paramount importance for comparative Indo-European

This basic research tool is based on cuneiform texts from the second
millenium B.C.E., and covers both attestations and origins of words
with special emphasis on cognates in other Indo-European and Near
Eastern languages. Five further volumes are in preparation and will be
published as they are finished.

The author has tried to eschew excessive rote uniformity of layout and
style in etymological discussion, in order to make as many entries as
possible self-contained micro-essays of a format best suited to the
item at hand. When no etymology is rated certain, the discussion often
proceeds from the less likely possibilities and ends up with the most
probable. When a preferred etymology is featured as virtually certain,
it is usually stated and discussed first, and discarded alternatives,
to the extent that they are deemed historically interesting, are
mentioned in a coda.


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