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The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Fully revised and updated, THE AMERICAN HERITAGE® DICTIONARY OF INDO-EUROPEAN ROOTS remains an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of English and its place in the Indo-European language family. More than 13,000 words are traced to their origins in Proto-Indo-European, the prehistoric ancestor of English that was spoken before the advent of writing. In Calvert Watkinss skilled hands, Proto-Indo-European language and society are rendered as alive and compelling as they must have been six thousand years ago. His introductory essay shows how words in an unrecorded ancient language can be reconstructed and offers a wealth of fascinating information about Proto-Indo-European culture. The dictionary that follows contains nearly 1,350 reconstructed roots, plus two dozen new “Language and Culture” notes that explore interesting sidelights to the etymologies presented in many entries.

Book News Annotation:

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of American Heritage was first published as a separate reference in 1985, and is here updated beyond the analogous appendix of the 2000 fourth edition of the larger dictionary. Typographical innovations now make the entries both more academically rigorous, and clearer to the general readers it targets. Place and personal names, cultural and language notes, and suffixes and prefixes have been added. As previously modern English words are traced back to a reconstructed root of the Indo-European language thought to underlie the languages spoken by over half the world's population. The main entries are alphabetical by Indo-European root; the index lists all the modern English words cited and refers to the root that treats it. A long introductory essay on the language and the people who spoke it, map, a chart of languages descended from Indo- European, and a chart of regular sound correspondences complete the reference.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Discusses the nature, origins, and development of language and lists the meanings and associated word for more than thirteen thousand Indo-European root words.

About the Author

CALVERT WATKINS is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Linguistics and the Classics at Harvard University and a leading expert in Indo-European studies. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed How to Kill a Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618082506
Editor:
Watkins, Calvert
Revised:
Watkins, Calvert
Revised by:
Watkins, Calvert
Revised:
Watkins, Calvert
Editor:
Watkins, Calvert
Author:
Watkins, Calvert
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Ancient Languages
Subject:
Indo-European languages
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Ancient Languages - General
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series Volume:
GB-76
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Dictionaries » General
Reference » Etymology

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