The Ancient Languages of Europe

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Roger D. Woodard
Cambridge University Press, Apr 10, 2008 - Foreign Language Study
This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Europe, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.

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Contents

Table of contents of The Ancient Languages
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Sanskrit stephanie w jamison
6
Hittite calvert watkins 551
14
Luvain h craig melchert
31
Middle Indic stephanie w jamison
33
Palaic h craig melchert
40
Lycian h craig melchert
46
Greek dialects roger d woodard 650
50
Venetic rex e wallace 840
124
Ancient Chinese alain peyraube
136
Early Georgian kevin tuite
145
9Mayan victoria r bricker
163
Continental Celtic joseph f eska 857
165
The cuneiform script
166
Full tables of contents from The Cambridge Encyclopedia
173
Gothic jay h jasanoff 881
189

Lydian h craig melchert
56
Carian h craig melchert
64
Sanskrit stephanie w jamison 673
73
Old Persian rudiger schmitt
76
Hurrian gernot wilhelm
81
Sabellian languages rex e wallace 812
96
Avestan mark hale
101
Urartian gernot wilhelm
105
Pahlavi mark hale
123
EpiOlmec Zapotec appendix terrence kaufman
193
Ancient Nordic jan terje faarlund 907
215
Index 1129
230
Index of grammar and linguistics
255
Indexes
256
Table of contents of The Ancient Languages of Asia and the Americas
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Table of contents of
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List of contributors
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Page 1 - The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source which, perhaps, no longer exists...
Page 1 - ... been produced by accident ; so strong, indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists. There is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothick and the Celtick, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanskrit...
Page 132 - The nominative is called the direct case, and all the others are termed oblique cases. (2) There are three genders, — masculine, feminine, and neuter; and two numbers, singular and plural, in most nouns.
Page 188 - Zur Rekonstruktion des Keltischen. Festlandkeltisches und inselkeltisches Verbum. Zeitschrift fur Celtische Philologie 41: 159-79. Schrijver, Peter 1991 The Development of Primitive lrish 'aN before Voiced Stop. Eriu 42:1325. 1994 The Celtic Adverbs for 'Against' and 'With' and the Early Apocope of *-i Eriu 45:151-89.
Page 13 - Wodtko). 1997. Monumenta linguarum Hispanicarum iv. Die tartessischen, keltiberischen und lusitanischen Inschriften. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert. Vennemann, Theo. 1971. The phonology of Gothic vowels', Language 47,90-132. Villar, Francisco. 1991. 'Le locatif celtibenque tardif de la langue celtique dans 1' inscription de Pefialba de Villastar', Zeitschrift fur celtische Philologie 44, 56-66.
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Page 32 - Free and bound pronouns distinguish three persons (first, second and third) and three numbers (singular, dual and plural).
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Page 188 - Studies in the history of Celtic pronouns and particles. — Maynooth : Dept. of Old Irish, National Univ.
Page 187 - Hispano-Gallo-Brittonica. Essays in honour of Professor D. Ellis Evans on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, edd. Joseph F. Eska, R. Geraint Gruffydd, & Nicolas Jacobs, 33-46. Cardiff: University of Wales. 1998 The linguistic position of Lepontic.

About the author (2008)

Roger D. Woodard is the Andrew Van Vranken Raymond Professor of the Classics at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His numerous publications include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (2004).

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