LINGUIST List 26.2853

Wed Jun 10 2015

Books: The Indo-European Syllable: Byrd

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Date: 10-Jun-2015
From: Marjolein Schaake <schaakebrill.com>
Subject: The Indo-European Syllable: Byrd
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Title: The Indo-European Syllable
Published: 2015
Publisher: Brill
                http://www.brill.com

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/products/book/indo-european-syllable

Author: Andrew Miles Byrd
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004292543 Pages: 328 Price: U.S. $ 163
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004292543 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 126
Abstract:

In The Indo-European Syllable Andrew Miles Byrd investigates the process of syllabification within Proto-Indo-European (PIE), revealing connections to a number of seemingly unrelated phonological processes in the proto-language.

Drawing from insights in linguistic typology and synchronic theory, he makes two significant advances in our understanding of PIE phonology. First, by analyzing securely reconstructable consonant clusters at word’s edge, he devises a methodology which allows us to predict which types of consonant clusters could occur word-medially in PIE. Thus, a number of previously disconnected phonological rules can now be understood as being part of a conspiracy motivated by violations in syllable structure. Second, he uncovers evidence of morphological influence within the syllable, created by processes such as quantitative ablaut. These advances allow us to view PIE as a synchronic grammar, one which can be described by -- and contribute to -- modern linguistic theory.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Phonology
                            Typology
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng)

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