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Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek
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Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek

Peter Barber

Abstract

This book is an investigation of how semivowels were realised in Indo-European and in early Greek. More specifically, it examines the extent to which Indo-European *i and *y were independent phonemes, in what respects their alternation was predictable, and how this situation changed as Indo-European developed into Greek. Evidence from Greek, Germanic and Vedic are crucial for understanding the Indo-European situation; this book undertakes a re-examination of the evidence provided by Gothic and Vedic, and offers the first comprehensive survey of the Greek evidence. The impact of this evidence o ... More

Keywords: Greek Phonology, Indo-European, Sievers, Edgerton, Lindeman, Schindler, Seebold, semivowels, comparative adjectives, *-ye/o-, *-ya feminine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680504
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680504.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Barber, author
Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Philology, at the University of Oxford

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