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Laws and Rules in Indo‐European

Philomen Probert and Andreas Willi


This book examines the operation of laws, rules, and principles in the Indo-European language family; within this family, the book delves into the Celtic, Germanic, Italic/Romance, Armenian, Greek, and Indo-Iranian languages as well as Proto-Indo-European itself. Laws or rules are crucial to Indo-European studies: they constrain the reconstructions and etymologies on which our knowledge of the history and prehistory of ancient languages is based, and they allow processes of morphological change, semantic shift, and borrowing to be identified. Their relevance results from the recognition that p ... More

Keywords: Indo-European, laws rules, Celtic, Italic, Latin, Germanic, Greek, Indo-Iranian

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philomen Probert, editor
Classical Philology and Linguistics, University of Oxford

Andreas Willi, editor
Comparative Philology, University of Oxford

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1 Introduction

Philomen Probert and Andreas Willi

Part I Linguistic ‘laws’ in pre‐modern thought

Part II Rules of language change and linguistic methodology

Part III Segmental sound laws: new proposals and reassessments

Part IV Origins and evolutions

Part V Systemic consequences

Part VI Synchronic laws and rules in syntax and sociolinguistics