Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

An introduction

Robert S.P. Beekes | University of Leiden
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The book gives a comprehensive introduction to Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, the first to appear in English. 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, who are considered to have lived in what is today the Ukraine.

The book gives an introduction 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.

While the book presents a large amount of material and discusses many principles and the relevant terminology, it is written in a very readable and lucid style. Use of the book is facilitated by an appendix on phonetics, a glossary, full indexes, and an extensive bibliography. The book can be used as a first introduction to the field, and at the same time brings the reader to the current moment of research.

[Not in series, 72] 1995.  xxii, 376 pp.
Publishing status: Obsolete
“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.”
“Le manuel de R. S. P. Beekes est aujourd'hui le meilleur livre que l'on puisse recommander aux personnes qui, ne connaissant pas la grammaire historique et comparative, voudraient s'informer de ce qu'est au juste la linguistique indo-européenne. C'est, en même temps qu'un livre de haute qualité scientifique.”
“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.”
“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).”
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