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Title: Pre-Greek
Subtitle: Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon
Written By: Robert S. Beekes
Series Title: Brill Introductions to Indo-European Languages

Before the arrival of the Indo-European Greeks in the area around the Aegean Sea, a non-Indo-European language was spoken there which was eventually replaced by Greek. Although no written texts exist in this Pre-Greek language, Robert Beekes shows that we can reconstruct elements of its phonology and morphology on the basis of the substantial amount of Pre-Greek vocabulary which was absorbed by Greek. In addition to the general characteristics of Pre-Greek, Beekes provides a complete overview of the evidence, comprising over 1100 Greek etyma which are certainly of Pre-Greek origin. The book thus opens a window on the first Pre-Indo-European language of prehistoric Europe to have left a trace in history.

Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789004279384
Pages: 196
Prices: Europe EURO 37
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