The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World

The Oxford Introduction to Proto Indo European and the Proto Indo European World This book introduces Proto Indo European and explores what the language reveals about the people who spoke it The Proto Indo Europeans lived somewhere in Europe or Asia between and years a

  • Title: The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World
  • Author: J.P. Mallory Douglas Q. Adams
  • ISBN: 9780199296682
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book introduces Proto Indo European and explores what the language reveals about the people who spoke it The Proto Indo Europeans lived somewhere in Europe or Asia between 5,500 and 8,000 years ago, and no text of their language survives J P Mallory and Douglas Adams show how over the last two centuries scholars have reconstructed it from its descendant languages,This book introduces Proto Indo European and explores what the language reveals about the people who spoke it The Proto Indo Europeans lived somewhere in Europe or Asia between 5,500 and 8,000 years ago, and no text of their language survives J P Mallory and Douglas Adams show how over the last two centuries scholars have reconstructed it from its descendant languages, the surviving examples of which comprise the world s largest language family After a concise account of Proto Indo European grammar and a consideration of its discovery, they use the reconstructed language and related evidence from archaeology and natural history to examine the lives, thoughts, passions, culture, society, economy, history, and environment of the Proto Indo Europeans Our distant ancestors had used the wheel, were settled arable farmers, kept sheep and cattle, brewed beer, got married, made weapons, and had 27 verbs for the expression of strife The subjects to which the authors devote chapters include fauna, flora, family and kinship, clothing and textiles, food and drink, space and time, emotions, mythology, religion, and the continuing quest to discover the Proto Indo European homeland.Proto Indo European English and English Proto Indo European vocabularies and full indexes conclude the book Written in a clear, readable style and illustrated with maps, figures, and tables, this book is on a subject of great and enduring fascination It will appeal to students of languages, classics, and the ancient world, as well as to general readers interested in the history of language and of early human societies.

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    1. It's not by J.P. Mallory, it's by J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams. Here's how this book is structured.After Introduction, follows1 Discovery1.1 Language relations1.2 Indo-EuropeanThe discovery of IE is a fascinating subject, but it's well known, and this book doesn't add much to it. The ensuing discussion of how the linguistic perspectives changed is informative, though2 The Elements2.1 The Indo-European languages2.2 Celtic -- 2.13 Tocharian - 2.14 Minor languages3 Reconstructing Proto-Indo-European [...]

    2. When I heard that Oxford University Press would be publishing The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World, I was excited. I envisioned an update of Oswald Szemerenyi's old Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics that, because of the specific research interests of authors J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams, would not only reflect contemporary developments in IE linguistics, but would seamlessly show what we can reconstruct for the culture of PIE speakers. Well, the [...]

    3. The first thing I want to say about this book is if you don't want a detailed discussion of Language as opposed to history then this book is not for you. However, since this was one of the things I was looking to study it was perfect for me.The book covers the following main ideas:(1) Concise introductions to the discovery and composition of the Indo-European language family.(2) The way the proto-language has been reconstructed.(3) Its most basic grammar(4) The interrelationships between the dif [...]

    4. OK, it's at some level incredibly boringbut also very satisfying and exhaustive on the subject. I was a "put me to sleep after two pages book" I kept reading for months.

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