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The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic (Brill's Studies in Indo-European Languages & Linguistics)

The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic (Brill's Studies in Indo-European Languages & Linguistics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004225398
  • Publisher: Brill
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2012
  • Pages: 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.4 x 6.3 inches

Overview

In "The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic," Nicholas Zair for the first time collects and assesses all the words from the Celtic languages which contained a laryngeal, and identifies the regular results of the laryngeals in each phonetic environment. This allows him to formulate previously unrecognised sound changes affecting Proto-Celtic, and assess the competing explanations for other developments. This work has far-reaching consequences for the understanding of the historical phonology and morphology of the Celtic languages, and for etymological work involving the Celtic language, along with implications for Indo-European sound laws and the Indo-European syllable. A major conclusion is that the laryngeals cannot be used to argue for an Italo-Celtic language family.

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