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        1.    Chris Humphrey, Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian Epigraphy: Dimitrov

Message 1: Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian Epigraphy: Dimitrov
Date: 17-Aug-2009
From: Chris Humphrey <>
Subject: Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian Epigraphy: Dimitrov
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Title: Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian Epigraphy Published: 2009 Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Author: Peter Dimitrov Hardback: ISBN: 1443813257 9781443813259 Pages: 195 Price: U.K. £ 34.99

Before starting reading Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian Epigraphy,we should keep in mind that we will be facing a situation that is extremelycomplex. There exists a methodological problem, originating in the past,which caused various misunderstandings. It is due to the volume ofdifferent entries assembled in the goal to compose a thesaurus of theThracian language. Somehow, over the years during the last two centuries,there was a whole set of methods applied that were not in accordance to theprogress made by linguistics. For example, the choice made in assemblingthe two main corpora so far, that of Tomaschek and Detschew, present datafrom literary and epigraphic sources. These data combined were not at alltimes convincing. Sometimes controversial entries were included whoseinterpretation provoked long discussions. More attention was paid todetails, which in most of the cases were not concerned with the discussionof the whole body of evidence.

One other reason: whilst modern linguistics made a huge progress, Thracianscholars stayed within the general Indo-European theory of the Neogrammarians.

The method I used rests on the description of Thracian onomastics obtainedafter phonological analysis, because I am concerned with the fact thatevery single phonologically attested form of phonemes and morphs isrelevant. For, it helps to list all possible forms of names thus showingall of the graphemes independently.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation                             Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Tamahaq, Tahaggart (thv)                             Thracian (txh)
Written In: English (eng )

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