Why does the accent jump back and forth in Russian words like "golová"
'head', acc. "gólovu", gen. "golový", dat. "golové" etc.? How come we find
similar alternations in other Slavic languages and in a Baltic language
The quest for the origin of the so-called "mobile accent paradigms" of
Baltic and Slavic leads the reader through other Indo-European language
branches such as Indo-Iranian, Greek and Germanic, all of which are
relevant to the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European accentuation
system. After the examination of the evidence for the reconstruction of the
Proto-Indo-European accentuation system, focus is moved to the Baltic and
Slavic accentuation systems and their relationship to each other and to
A comprehensive history of research and numerous bibliographical references
to earlier pieces of scholarship throughout the book make it a useful tool
for anybody who is interested in Balto-Slavic and Indo-European
accentology. Written in a simple style and constantly aiming at presenting
old and new opinions on the various problems, the volume may serve as an
introduction to this complicated field.