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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

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Title: Studies in Germanic, Indo-European and Indo-Uralic
Written By: Frederik H Kortlandt
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=LEIDEN+17
Series Title: Leiden Studies in Indo-European 17
Description:

The red thread which runs through this book is a quest for relative
chronology of linguistic developments. The probability of a reconstruction
can be judged against the background of the transitions which it implies
for the linguistic system as a whole. The reconstructions are always
bottom-up, never top-down. It follows that the chapters on Germanic can be
read without reference to the Indo-European background and that the
Indo-Uralic part of the book can be left out of consideration if one does
not want to look beyond Proto-Indo-European.
The initial chapters of the book offer an introduction to the background
and methodology of the reconstructions with a discussion of the spread of
the Indo-Europeans, the role of general linguistics in linguistic
reconstruction, the nature of mixed languages, the origin of the Goths, the
relations between Indo-European, Uralic and Caucasian languages, and the
structure and development of Proto-Indo-European. The following chapters
deal with the phonology and morphosyntax of Indo-European, Greek,
Indo-Iranian and Tocharian. These are followed by a discussion of Germanic
phonology, verb classes, verbal and nominal inflexion, and specific issues
in English, German and Scandinavian languages. After a short treatment of
Albanian, Armenian, Balto-Slavic and Italo-Celtic topics, the volume is
concluded with a discussion of Anatolian and Indo-Uralic phonology and
morphosyntax. The book is of interest to students of Germanic,
Indo-European and historical linguistics.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Indo-European
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789042031364
Pages: 546
Prices: Europe EURO 110
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789042031357
Pages: 546
Prices: Europe EURO 110