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LINGUIST List 23.4878

Fri Nov 23 2012

Books: Germania Semitica: Vennemann, Hanna (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-Nov-2012
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Germania Semitica: Vennemann, Hanna (Eds)
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Title: Germania Semitica
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 259

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
http://www.degruyter.com/mouton


Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/186146?format=G


Editor: Theo Vennemann
Editor: Patrizia Noel Aziz Hanna

Electronic: ISBN: 9783110301090 Pages: 742 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110300949 Pages: 742 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

Germania Semitica explores prehistoric language contact in general, and
attempts to identify the languages involved in shaping Germanic in particular.
The book deals with a topic outside the scope of other disciplines concerned
with prehistory, such as archaeology and genetics, drawing its conclusions
from the linguistic evidence alone, relying on language typology and areal
probability. The data for reconstruction comes from Germanic syntax,
phonology, etymology, religious loan names, and the writing system, more
precisely from word order, syntactic constructions, word formation,
irregularities in phonological form, lexical peculiarities, and the structure
and rules of the Germanic runic alphabet. It is demonstrated that common
descent is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for reconstruction.
Instead, lexical and structural parallels between Germanic and Semitic
languages are explored and interpreted in the framework of modern language
contact theory.




Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Contact

Language Family(ies): Germanic


Written In: English (eng)

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