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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages


  • 5 maps 98 tables
  • Page extent: 1180 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 2.805 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 409
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: P371 .C357 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Language and languages--Encyclopedias
    • Extinct languages--Encyclopedias

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521562560 | ISBN-10: 0521562562)

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CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2006 The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages is the first comprehensive reference work treating all of the languages of antiquity. Clear and systematic in its approach, the Encyclopedia combines full linguistic coverage of all the well-documented ancient languages, representing numerous language families from around the globe. Each chapter 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 Encyclopedia brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for linguistic professionals and students, this work is invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language. Roger D. Woodard is the Andrew V.V. Raymond Professor of Classics at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He previously served on the faculties of Classics and/or Linguistics at the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins University and Swarthmore College. Among his other books are Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (Oxford, 1997) and co-author of Ovid's Fasti ( Penguin, 2000). He is a member of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Philological Association.


1. Introduction Roger D. Woodard; 2. Sumerian Piotr Michalowski; 3. Elamite Matthew W. Stolper; 4. Hurrian Gernot Wilhelm; 5. Urartian Gernot Wilhelm; 6. Afro-Asiatic John Huehnergard; 7. Egyptian and Coptic Antonio Loprieno; 8. Akkadian and Eblaite John Huehnergard and Christopher Woods; 9. Ugaritic Dennis Pardee; 10. Hebrew P. Kyle McCarter, Jr.; 11. Phoenician and Punic Jo Ann Hackett; 12. Canaanite Dialects Dennis Pardee; 13. Aramaic Stuart Creason; 14. Ge'ez (Aksum) Gene Gragg; 15. Old South Arabian Norbert Nebes and Peter Stein; 16. Ancient North Arabian M. C. A. Macdonald; 17. Indo-European Henry M. Hoenigswald and J. P. T. Clackson; 18. Hittite Calvert Watkins; 19. Luvian H. Craig Melchert; 20. Palaic H. Craig Melchert; 21. Lycian H. Craig Melchert; 22. Lydian H. Craig Melchert; 23. Carian H. Craig Melchert; 24. Attic Greek Roger D. Woodard; 25. Greek Dialects Roger D. Woodard; 26. Sanskrit Stephanie W. Jamison; 27. Middle Indic Stephanie W. Jamison; 28. Old Persian RĂ¼diger Schmitt; 29. Avestan Mark Hale; 30. Pahlavi Mark Hale; 31. Phrygian Claude Brixhe; 32. Latin J. P. T. Clackson; 33. Sabellian Rex E. Wallace; 34. Venetic Rex E. Wallace; 35. Continental Celtic Joseph F. Eska; 36. Gothic Jay H. Jasanoff; 37. Early Northwest Germanic Jan Terje Faarlund; 38. Classical Armenia J. P. T. Clackson; 39. Etruscan Helmut Rix; 40. Early Georgian Kevin Tuite; 41. Ancient Chinese Alain Peyraube; 42. Old Tamil Sanford B. Steever; 43. Mayan Victoria R. Bricker; 44. Epi-Olmec Terrence Kaufman and John Justeson; 45. Reconstructed Ancient Languages Don Ringe.


"Woodard has done the scholarly world a great service. [...]This book fills a distinct void...Highly recommended." Library Journal

"Written and organized clearly and concisely, this scholarly work contains a wealth of information about the languages of antiquity...Essential." Choice


Roger D. Woodard, Piotr Michalowski, Matthew W. Stolper, Gernot Wilhelm, John Huehnergard, Antonio Loprieno, Christopher Woods, Dennis Pardee, P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., Jo Ann Hackett, Stuart Creason, Gene Gragg, Norbert Nebes, Peter Stein, M.C.A. Macdonald, Henry M. Hoenigswald, J.P.T. Clackson, Calvert Watkins, H. Craig Melchert, Stephanie W. Jamison, RĂ¼diger Schmitt, Mark Hale, Claude Brixhe, Rex E. Wallace, Joseph F. Eska, Jay H. Jasanoff, Jan Terje Faarlund, Helmut Rix, Kevin Tuite, Alain Peyraube, Sanford B. Steever, Victoria R. Bricker, Terrence Kaufman, John Justeson, Don Ringe

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