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Gamkrelidze, Thomas V. / Ivanov, Vjaceslav V.

Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans

A Reconstruction and Historical Analysis of a Proto-Language and Proto-Culture. Part I: The Text. Part II: Bibliography, Indexes

Preface by Jakobson, Roman

Transl. by Johanna, Nichols

Series:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 80

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    December 2010
    Copyright year:
    1995
    ISBN
    978-3-11-081503-0
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    “Gamkrelidze and Ivanov’s wide-ranging and interdisciplinary work, superbly translated from Russian, is a must for every student of Indo-European prehistory. Its erudition is unsurpassed, and its unorthodox conclusions are a continuing challenge.”
    Prof. Dr. Martin Haspelmath, Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie

    The authors propose a revision of views on a number of central issues of Indo-European studies. Based on findings of typology, they suggest a new analysis of the phonological system of Proto-Indo-European (the ‘Glottalic Theory’); they offer novel assumptions about the relative chronology of changes in PIE vowels and laryngeals. Their conclusions are compared with data from Proto-Kartvelian. In the second part of the book, semantically organized presentation of material from the lexicon is combined with analyses of the use of forms and formulae in a broadly defined cultural context. Again similarities with properties of primarily Kartvelian and Semitic are described , and extended close contacts with these language families are postulated. This necessarily leads to a proposal to place the hypothetical Urheimat of the Indo-Europeans in the region south of the Caucasus.

    Volume and II of the original Russian edition have been combined in the English version as Part I; the Bibliography and Indexes are published as Part II.

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