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September 2022
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Modern languages like English, Spanish, Russian and Hindi as well as ancient languages like Greek, Latin and Sanskrit all belong to the Indo-European language family, which means that they all descend from a common ancestor. But how, more precisely, are the Indo-European languages related to each other? This book brings together pioneering research from a team of international scholars to address this fundamental question. It provides an introduction to linguistic subgrouping as well as offering comprehensive, systematic and up-to-date analyses of the ten main branches of the Indo-European language family: Anatolian, Tocharian, Italic, Celtic, Germanic, Greek, Armenian, Albanian, Indo-Iranian and Balto-Slavic. By highlighting that these branches are saliently different from each other, yet at the same time display striking similarities, the book demonstrates the early diversification of the Indo-European language family, spoken today by half the world's population. This title is also available as open access on Cambridge Core.


'The volume presents a very useful discussion of the methodology of linguistic subgrouping, methods of computational cladistics and the features allowing the establishment of the individual subbranches of Indo-European and speaking for or against possible higher intermediate nodes.'

Daniel Kölligan Source: Folia Linguistica

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  • The Indo-European Language Family
    pp i-ii
  • The Indo-European Language Family - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • A Phylogenetic Perspective
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures
    pp vii-vii
  • Tables
    pp viii-viii
  • Contributors
    pp ix-ix
  • Acknowledgements
    pp x-x
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
    pp xi-xvi
  • 1 - Introduction
    pp 1-17
  • 2 - Methodology in Linguistic Subgrouping
    pp 18-32
  • 3 - Computational Approaches to Linguistic Chronology and Subgrouping
    pp 33-51
  • 4 - What We Can (and Can’t) Learn from Computational Cladistics
    pp 52-62
  • 5 - Anatolian
    pp 63-82
  • 6 - Tocharian
    pp 83-101
  • 7 - Italo-Celtic
    pp 102-113
  • 8 - Italic
    pp 114-134
  • 9 - Celtic
    pp 135-151
  • 10 - Germanic
    pp 152-172
  • 11 - Greek
    pp 173-201
  • 12 - Armenian
    pp 202-222
  • 13 - Albanian
    pp 223-245
  • 14 - Indo-Iranian
    pp 246-268
  • 15 - Balto-Slavic
    pp 269-292
  • Index
    pp 293-298


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