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Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction

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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.

Fills a long-present gap in the literature of Indo-European studies.

Designed for use in courses, with exercises and suggestions for further readi
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Paperback, 468 pages
Published November 22nd 2004 by Blackwell Publishers (first published 2004)
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Nathan
Jan 06, 2014 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Tocharian A excites you, wait 'til you see Tocharian B!

Danny
Jun 21, 2012 Danny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: linguistics
This is a textbook, and while that is fine for Historical Indo-European 101, it is not what I was expecting. Now, if you are in the market for such a book (glossary terms in bold with definitions, etc.) as an intro to IE, this is a solid book. I should have known that by the title, but I found the description and reviews misleading in that regard.

If I had picked this up to use in teaching Indo-European, I might give it 4 or 5 stars!
Emily
Nov 11, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written; grounded solidly in current and credible theories regarding Proto-Indo-European; and incredibly useful, especially the chapters on each branch of the Indo-European language family.
Michel
Aug 25, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it
Ik was in een ander boek aan het lezen, en daar werd gesproken over Indo-Europees, en dat het boek van Benjamin Fortson de moeite waard zou zijn.

Niét gelogen.

Dit is een machtig interessant werk. Zeer grote stukken gingen helemaal over mijn hoofd. Niet omdat het niet duidelijk was of onvolledig, maar zuiver omdat ik het boek gelezen heb als een boek, terwijl het even goed (of beter, eigenlijk) als een cursus gelezen kan worden. Ik vermoed dat mensen die dit moeten studeren op de universiteit niet
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Ilya
Dec 27, 2010 Ilya rated it liked it
Shelves: linguistics
A textbook of Indo-European studies; I've only read popular books on the subject previously; it is one of the textbooks used for UC Berkeley's Linguistics 234. The first 8 chapters reconstruct the proto-IE language (its phonology, verb morphology, noun morphology, syntax, the culture of the speakers etc.); the remaining 12 deal with its daughter subfamilies. Indo-Iranian is split into 2 chapters for Indic and Iranian, and Baltic and Slavic are lumped together; Greek, Albanian, Armenian etc. each ...more
Bob Hartley
Sep 04, 2013 Bob Hartley rated it liked it
I'm just a layman so I skimmed most of the more concise parts about morphology and phonology, but it's a very interesting book nonetheless. Some of the explanations for Germanic etymologies leave modern Dutch out where it could have illustrated the point clearly, for example "ons" ("us" - illustrating the dropping of the N in West Germanic) and "geel" ("yellow" - illustrating the transition of a voiced velar fricative to a palatal approximant in English). Comparative linguistics as a whole seems ...more
Lee Drake
Feb 25, 2007 Lee Drake rated it liked it
Ties together grammatical similarities between Persian, Hindi, Latin, Greek, German, Slavic, and English from the vantage point of the Indo-European hypothesis. While good, it is a textbook and is difficult to get past the whole 3-star thing.
Gwydion
Nov 30, 2015 Gwydion rated it it was amazing
Excellent and readable introductory section on the IE's themselves, though no real mention of alternative origin theories. The rest is a tour de force covering every single language. My only criticism is the use of a non-existant Welsh word to demonstrate mutation!
Maya
Jun 13, 2011 Maya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indo-european, ebook
Please see my review at Celtic Scholar
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