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

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Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction provides a comprehensive overview of comparative Indo-European linguistics and the branches of the Indo-European language family, covering both linguistic and cultural material.
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“If you ever thought about teaching an undergraduate introduction to Indo-European linguistics and had gotten so far in your planning as to examine the available course-books, you would have been in for a nasty surprise. Prior to 2004 there was no suitable book available … 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

“The perfect book for an introductory Indo-European course, lively and engaging throughout, yet detailed, accurate, and authoritative. The hands-on exercises at the end of each chapter are a unique and valuable feature.”
Jay Jasanoff, Harvard University

"This is an excellent introduction to Proto-Indo-European and its study. Both the chapters on various aspects of PIE grammar and those describing the various Indo-European branches are masterly précis of their subjects. As a Tocharianist I’m pleased to see that all branches of Indo-European are given the same thoughtful, substantial treatment. Both novices and the experienced Indo-Europeanists will read this book with profit; more than one of the latter group will wish he had written himself."
Douglas Q. Adams, University of Idaho

"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

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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: 756,037
  • 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. His research interests include the history of Greek and Latin, comparative Indo-European linguistics, metrics and poetics, and Roman comedy.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the comparative method and the Indo-European family 1
2 Proto-Indo-European culture and archaeology 16
3 Proto-Indo-European phonology 48
4 Proto-Indo-European morphology : introduction 69
5 The verb 81
6 The noun 102
7 Pronouns and other parts of speech 126
8 Proto-Indo-European syntax 137
9 Anatolian 154
10 Indo-Iranian I : Indic 180
11 Indo-Iranian II : Iranian 203
12 Greek 222
13 Italic 245
14 Celtic 274
15 Germanic 300
16 Armenian 337
17 Tocharian 351
18 Balto-Slavic 364
19 Albanian 390
20 Fragmentary languages 400
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