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Laws and Rules in Indo-European - Philomen Probert

Laws and Rules in Indo-European

By: Philomen Probert (Editor), Andreas Willi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th May 2012
ISBN: 9780199609925
Number Of Pages: 480

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This book examines the operation of laws, rules, and principles in Indo-European, the language family which includes the Celtic, Germanic, Italic/Romance, and Baltic/Slavic subfamilies as well as the predominant languages of Greece, Iran, parts of Southern Asia, and ancient Anatolia.

Laws and rules are crucial to Indo-European studies: they constrain the reconstructions and etymologies on which knowledge of the history and prehistory of Indo-European in particular and ancient languages more generally is based, and which allow processes of morphological change, semantic shift, and borrowing to be identified. But these laws and rules require constant reassessment in the light of new evidence, theory, and method. Through a series of case studies re-examining specific laws and rules in the Indo-European language family, this book explores the implications of new insights into language change and considers the opportunities they offer for work on chronology and detail in the treatment of primary material. The languages and language families under consideration include Celtic, Germanic, Italic and Romance, Armenian, Greek, and Indo-Iranian languages as well as Proto-Indo-European.

Laws and Rules in Indo-European brings together leading scholars from all over the world. It makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the history of ancient languages, the reconstruction of their ancestors, and the methods of research.

1: Philomen Probert and Andreas Willi: Introduction Part I: Linguistics 'Laws' in Pre-modern Thought 2: Paul Russell: Fern do frestol na. u. consaine: Perceptions of sound laws, sound change, and linguistic borrowing among the medieval Irish Part II: Rules of Language Change and Linguistic Methology 3: Don Ringe: Cladistic Principles and Linguistic Reality: The case of West Germanic 4: Patrick Stiles: Older Runic Evidence for Northwest Germanic a-umlaut of u (and 'the converse of Polivanov's Law') 5: Jane Stuart-Smith and Mario Cortina-Borja: A Law Unto Themselves? An Acoustic Phonetic Study of 'Tonal' Consonants in British Panjabi 6: Wolfgang de Melo: Kurylowicz's First 'Law of Analogy' and the Development of Passive periphrases in Latin 7: Anna Morpurgo Davies: Phonetic Laws, Relative and Absolute Chronology, Language Diffusion and the Drift: The loss of sibilants in the Greek dialects of the first millennium BC Part III: Segmental Sound Laws: New proposals and reassessments 8: Paul Elbourne: A Rule of Deaspiration in Ancient Greek 9: Daniel Kölligan: Regular Sound Change and Word-initial in Armenian 10: Nicholas Zair: Schrijver's Rules for British and Proto-Celtic *-o- and *-u- Before a Vowel Part IV: Origins and Evolutions 11: Philomen Probert: Origins of the Greek Law of Limitation 12: Peter Barber: Re-examining Lindeman's Law 13: Ranjan Sen: Exon's Law and the latin Syncopes Part V: Systemic Consequences 14: Elizabeth Tucket: Brugmann's Law: The problem of Indo-Iranian thematic nouns and adjectives 15: Andreas Willi: Kiparsky's Rule, Thematic Nasal Presents and Athematic verba vocalia in Greek Part VI: Synchronic Laws and Rules in Syntax and Sociolinguistics 16: David Langslow: Praetor urbanus - urbanus praetor: Some aspects of attributive adjective placement in Latin 17: Eleanor Dickey: The Rules of Politeness and Latin Request Formulae References General Index Index of Words

ISBN: 9780199609925
ISBN-10: 0199609926
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 10th May 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.4  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.86

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