Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction / Edition 2

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This revised and expanded edition provides a comprehensive overview of comparative Indo-European linguistics and the branches of the Indo-European language family, covering both linguistic and cultural material. Now offering even greater coverage than the first edition, it is the definitive introduction to the field.

  • Updated, corrected, and expanded edition, containing new illustrations of selected texts and inscriptions, and text samples with translations and etymological commentary
  • Extensively covers individual histories of both ancient and modern languages of the Indo-European family
  • Provides an overview of Proto-Indo-European culture, society, and language
  • Designed for use in courses, with exercises and suggestions for further reading included in each chapter
  • Includes maps, a glossary, a bibliography, and comprehensive word and subject indexes
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Previous Edition:

"Superb … [Fortson's] short general discussions of the histories and ecologies of the individual languages are the best I have ever read." (Recensiones - Salesianum, 2008)

"I would like to conclude by stressing that this is an excellent textbook. I have taught from it, and the students in my class not only learned a great deal from it, they also seemed to enjoy the book almost as much as I did." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

"Finally, there is a reliable, engaging and accessible presentation of the communis opinio. And there are even exercises! … Fortson has produced an excellent book that fulfills its goals admirably. I hope it will inspire a renaissance of Indo-European linguistics in English speaking countries." (Journal of the American Oriental Society)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405188968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics Series , #25
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 770,137
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin W. Fortson IV is Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin Language, Literature, and Historical Linguistics in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

1 Introduction: The Comparative Method and the Indo-European Family.

2 Proto-Indo-European Culture and Archaeology.

3 Proto-Indo-European Phonology.

4 Proto-Indo-European Morphology: Introduction.

5 The Verb.

6 The Noun.

7 Pronouns and Other Parts of Speech.

8 Proto-Indo-European Syntax.

9 Anatolian.

10 Indo-Iranian I: Indic.

11 Indo-Iranian II: Iranian.

12 Greek.

13 Italic.

14 Celtic.

15 Germanic.

16 Armenian.

17 Tocharian.

18 Balto-Slavic.

19 Albanian.

20 Fragmentary Languages

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