LINGUIST List 15.2906

Thu Oct 14 2004

Books: Historical Ling/Phonetics, Indo-Euro: Stuart-Smith

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        1.    Jared Wright, Phonetics and Philology: Stuart-Smith

Message 1: Phonetics and Philology: Stuart-Smith

Date: 08-Oct-2004
From: Jared Wright <>
Subject: Phonetics and Philology: Stuart-Smith

Title: Phonetics and Philology 
 Subtitle: Sound Change in Italic 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Oxford University Press
 Book URL: ;
 Author: Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow
 Hardback: ISBN: 0199257736 Pages: 296 Price: U.S. $ 74.00
 This book presents an exhaustive treatment of a long-standing problem of
 Proto-Indo-European and Italic philology: the development of the
 Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirates in the ancient languages of Italy. In
 so doing it tackles a central issue of historical linguistics: the
 plausibility of explanations for sound change. The author argues that the
 problem can be resolved by combining a traditional philological
 investigation with experimental phonetics. Philological methods enable the
 presentation of the first integrated account of the evidence for the Italic
 languages, with detailed discussion of languages other than Latin. Theory
 and methods from experimental phonetics are then adopted to offer a new
 explanation for how the sound change might have taken place. At the same
 time, phonetic methods also confirm the traditional reconstruction of voiced
 aspirates for Proto-Indo-European. Thus the book offers a case-study of the
 successful application of synchronic theory and method to a problem of diachrony. 
 Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
 Language Family(ies): Indo-European
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
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