LINGUIST List 9.1315

Tue Sep 22 1998

Books: Indo-European Langs

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  1. Christoph Eyrich, New Book: Indo-European studies

Message 1: New Book: Indo-European studies

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:16:21 +0200 (MEST)
From: Christoph Eyrich <>
Subject: New Book: Indo-European studies

 	 Ji Xianling, Werner Winter and Georges-Jean Pinault

	 Fragments of the Tocharian A Maitreyasamiti-Nataka
		 of the Xinjiang Museum, China

 1998. 23 x 15,5 cm. VII, 392 pages
		 Cloth DM 428,-/approx. US$ 268.00
			 ISBN 3-11-014904-4
	 Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 113

 Mouton de Gruyter * Berlin * New York

In the winter of 1974, in the Yanki district of the Xinjiang
Autonomous Region in China, close to a 1000-Buddha Temple, forest
workers accidentally discovered 44 leaves of the manuscript remains of
a Tocharian A (an extinct Indo-European language) version of the
Maitreyasamiti-Nataka, one of the most important works of Buddhist
literature from Central Asia. This volume presents the complete text
of the 44 leaves, i.e., 88 pages which are now kept at
Urumqi. Although they are far from complete, they are the longest
manuscript remains of the text discovered till now. The original
manuscripts are written in Central Asian slanting Brahmi.

The volume comprises a facsimile of the fragments, the transliterated
and partly restored texts, translations, and notes, together with
indices and a full glossary, thus making the work accessible for
experts and students.

The book will serve as a major research tool for specialists in
Buddhist and Tocharian studies as well as for Indo-Europeanists and


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