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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 re
Paperback, 468 pages
Published November 22nd 2004 by Blackwell Publishers (first published 2004)
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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!
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.
If Tocharian A excites you, wait 'til you see Tocharian B!

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
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
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.
Please see my review at Celtic Scholar
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