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The Ancient Languages of Asia and the Americas

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Roger D. Woodard, Stephanie W. Jamison, Sanford B. Steever, Rüdiger Schmitt, Mark Hale, Alain Peyraube, Victoria R. Bricker, Terrence Kaufman, John Justeson, Don Ringe
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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521684941

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  • This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Asia and the Americas, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.

    • An authoritative reference work to the ancient languages of Asia and the Americas
    • This convenient, portable paperback retains the award-winning page layout of the original Encyclopedia
    • Includes a new introduction specific to this geographical area
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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521684941
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 189 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 1 map 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's foreword Roger D. Woodard
    1. Language in ancient Asia and the Americas: an introduction Roger D. Woodard
    2. Sanskrit Stephanie W. Jamison
    3. Middle Indic Stephanie W. Jamison
    4. Old Tamil Sanford B. Steever
    5. Old Persian Rüdiger Schmitt
    6. Avestan Mark Hale
    7. Pahlavi Mark Hale
    8. Ancient Chinese Alain Peyraube
    9. Mayan Victoria R. Bricker
    10. Epi-Olmec (Zapotec Appendix) Terrence Kaufman and John Justeson
    Appendix 1. Reconstructed ancient languages Don Ringe
    Appendix 2. Full table of contents from The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages.

  • Editor

    Roger D. Woodard, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Roger D. Woodard is the Andrew Van Vranken Raymond Professor of the Classics at the University of Buffalo. His numerous publications include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (2004).


    Roger D. Woodard, Stephanie W. Jamison, Sanford B. Steever, Rüdiger Schmitt, Mark Hale, Alain Peyraube, Victoria R. Bricker, Terrence Kaufman, John Justeson, Don Ringe

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