Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

An introduction

Second edition

Robert S.P. Beekes | University of Leiden
Revised and corrected by
Michiel de Vaan | University of Leiden
ISBN 9789027211859 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This book gives a comprehensive introduction to Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. It starts with a presentation of the languages of the family (from English and the other Germanic languages, the Celtic and Slavic languages, Latin, Greek and Sanskrit through Armenian and Albanian) and a discussion of the culture and origin of the Indo-Europeans, the speakers of the Indo-European proto-language.

The reader is introduced into the nature of language change and the methods of reconstruction of older language stages, with many examples (from the Indo-European languages). A full description is given of the sound changes, which makes it possible to follow the origin of the different Indo-European languages step by step. This is followed by a discussion of the development of all the morphological categories of Proto-Indo-European.

The book presents the latest in scholarly insights, like the laryngeal and glottalic theory, the accentuation, the ablaut patterns, and these are systematically integrated into the treatment.

The text of this second edition has been corrected and updated by Michiel de Vaan. Sixty-six new exercises enable the student to practice the reconstruction of PIE phonology and morphology.

This title replaces:
Comparative Indo-European Linguistics: An introduction, Robert S.P. Beekes (1995)
[Not in series, 172] 2011.  xxiv, 415 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“With its original approach, with its keen awareness of the latest developments in theory and application, with the rigorous systematic presentation of the facts in a lucid style, this handbook presents what is probably the most up-to-date and manageable introduction to Indo-European presently available.”
“B's book has many good qualities that make it attractive for an introductory course in either historical and comparative linguistics or specifically Indo-European linguistics.”
“Beekes's handbook is perhaps the most thorough and imaginative study of Proto-Indo-European since Meillet's Introduction à l'étude comparative des langues indo-européennes (1937).”
“Beekes deserves the deepest gratitude of the community of scholars and students for this well set-out handbook, a work which demonstrates the highest philological quality and adherence to traditional standards of Indo-European linguistics.”
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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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