Laws and Rules in Indo-European

Hardcover | June 30, 2012

EditorPhilomen Probert, Andreas Willi

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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 insightsinto 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 asProto-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.

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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: ...

Philomen Probert is University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College. She has written A new short guide to the accentuation of Ancient Greek (Duckworth 2003) and Ancient Greek accentuation: synchronic patterns, frequency effects, and prehistory (OUP 2006). Andreas W...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:June 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Philomen Probert and Andreas Willi: IntroductionPart I: Linguistics 'Laws' in Pre-modern Thought2. Paul Russell: Fern do frestol na. u. consaine: Perceptions of sound laws, sound change, and linguistic borrowing among the medieval IrishPart II: Rules of Language Change and Linguistic Methology3. Don Ringe: Cladistic Principles and Linguistic Reality: The case of West Germanic4. 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 Panjabi6. Wolfgang de Melo: Kurylowicz's First 'Law of Analogy' and the Development of Passive periphrases in Latin7. 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 BCPart III: Segmental Sound Laws: New proposals and reassessments8. Paul Elbourne: A Rule of Deaspiration in Ancient Greek9. Daniel Kolligan: Regular Sound Change and Word-initial in Armenian10. Nicholas Zair: Schrijver's Rules for British and Proto-Celtic *-o- and *-u- Before a VowelPart IV: Origins and Evolutions11. Philomen Probert: Origins of the Greek Law of Limitation12. Peter Barber: Re-examining Lindeman's Law13. Ranjan Sen: Exon's Law and the latin SyncopesPart V: Systemic Consequences14. Elizabeth Tucket: Brugmann's Law: The problem of Indo-Iranian thematic nouns and adjectives15. Andreas Willi: Kiparsky's Rule, Thematic Nasal Presents and Athematic verba vocalia in GreekPart VI: Synchronic Laws and Rules in Syntax and Sociolinguistics16. David Langslow: Praetor urbanus - urbanus praetor: Some aspects of attributive adjective placement in Latin17. Eleanor Dickey: The Rules of Politeness and Latin Request FormulaeReferencesGeneral IndexIndex of Words