Sievers Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek by P. J. Barber

Sievers Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek

byP. J. Barber

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

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This book is an investigation of how semivowels were realised in Indo-European and in early Greek. More specifically, it examines the extent to which Indo-European *i and *y were independent phonemes, in what respects their alternation was predictable, and how this situation changed asIndo-European developed into Greek.The comprehensive nature of this study, its chronological sensitivity, and careful assessment of what is inherited and what is innovative, enables substantive conclusions to be drawn regarding the behaviour of semivowels at various stages in the history of Greek and in Indo-European itself.

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Peter Barber is a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Philology and a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. His interests include Indo-European, Greek, and Indo-Iranian phonology, Greek verbal semantics, and contemporary syntactic theory.
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Title:Sievers Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient GreekFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pagesPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199680507

ISBN - 13:9780199680504

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PrefacePart I: Evidence for Sievers' Law and the Possibility oh Inheritance1. Introduction2. Sievers' Law: Gothic and Vedic3. Chronology and InheritancePart II: Greek Nominal Categories4. Sievers' Law in Greek5. Evidence from *-ye/o NominalsPart III: Verbal Categories6. Preliminary Considerations7. Greek *-ye/o- Verbs8. ConclusionsBibliographyIndex