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Title: The Gothic Language
Subtitle: Grammar, Genetic Provenance and Typology, Readings
Written By: Irmengard Rauch
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?311075
Series Title: Berkeley Models of Grammars - Volume 8

The Gothic Language: Grammar, Genetic Provenance and Typology,
Readings, now in its second edition, is designed for students and scholars of
the oldest known language with a sizeable corpus, belonging to the English,
German, Dutch, and Scandinavian language clade. The Gothic language is
seminal to the history of the study of each of these languages. Gothic
grammar is a standard text in courses on Indo-European and general
linguistics since Gothic serves as the prototype Germanic language in the
study of historical comparative world language typologies. Particularly pan-
Germanic is the innermost core of the grammar, the genetic phonology, which
is reconstructed within the most recent approaches of laryngeal and glottalic
theories. Most challenging to traditional viewpoints is the total novel
restructuring of Gothic synchronic phonology via current theoretical
approaches such as underspecification theory and optimality theory. While
the Gothic inflectional morphology is rendered in full paradigmatic display, its
understanding is enhanced by the application of underspecification theory and
the use of inheritance networks, a computational linguistic concept. Brief
"Syntactic Considerations" concluding the grammar present a network of
head-driven phrase structures. This book also brings the reader into the
ambience of the fourth-century Goths. Readings from the Wulfilian Bible, the
extant eight pages of the Skeireins, together with a glossary, definitions of
linguistic technical terms, a bibliography, and an index complete this volume.

Irmengard Rauch is Professor of Germanic Linguistics at the University of
California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Old High German
Dipthongization: A Description of a Phonemic Change; The Old Saxon
Language: Grammar, Epic Narrative, Linguistic Interference: Semiotic
Insights: The Data do the Talking; The Phonology / Paraphonology Interface
and the Sounds of German Across Time, and of numerous articles and
chapters in professional journals and books. Professor Rauch is co-editor of
several collections of linguistics and semiotics research and is the Peter
Lang series editor for Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics and
Berkeley Models of Grammars. She is founding editor of the Interdisciplinary
Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis and the founder of
the Semiotic Circle of California, the Berkeley Germanic Linguistics
Roundtable, and the San Francisco Bay Area German Linguistic Fieldwork
Project. Her honors include a Guggenheim and a Festschrift.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Gothic
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781433110757
Pages: 230
Prices: U.S. $ 42.95
U.K. £ 24.90
Europe EURO 27.70