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Title: Etymological Dictionary of Latin
Subtitle: and the other Italic Languages
Written By: Michiel de Vaan
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=18&pid=24856
Series Title: Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series
Description:

Latin is one of the major ancient Indo-European languages and one of the
cornerstones of Indo-European studies. Since the last comprehensive
etymological dictionary of Latin appeared in 1959, enormous progress has
been made in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European, and many
etymologies have been revised. This new etymological dictionary covers the
entire Latin lexicon of Indo-European origin. It consists of nearly 1900
entries, which altogether discuss about 8000 Latin lemmata. All words
attested before Cicero are included, together with their first date of
attestation in Latin. The dictionary also includes all the inherited words
found in the other ancient Italic languages, such as Oscan, Umbrian and
South Picene; thus, it also serves as an etymological dictionary of Italic.

About the author
Michiel de Vaan (Ph.D. 2002) teaches comparative Indo-European
linguistics, historical linguistics and dialectology at Leiden University.
He has published extensively on Germanic, Albanian, and Indo-Iranian
linguistics and philology, including The Avestan Vowels (2003) and
Germanic Tone Accents (ed., 2006).

Readership
All those interested in the history of Latin & the other ancient Italic
languages, scholars of comparative Indo-European linguistics, Romance
linguistics and historical linguistics.

Keywords
Latin, Italic, Oscan, Umbrian, Indo-European, etymology, historical
linguistics.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Latin
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004167978
ISBN-13: 9789004167971
Pages: 840
Prices: Europe EURO 229.00
U.S. $ 341.00