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Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek (P J Barber) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199680504
Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek (P J Barber) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780199680504
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Title: Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek

Author: Barber, P J

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199680504

Volumes: 1; Pages: 464

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This book is an investigation of how semivowels were realised in Indo-European and in early Greek. More specifically, it examines the extent to which Indo-European *i and *y were independent phonemes, in what respects their alternation was predictable, and how this situation changed as Indo-European developed into Greek.The comprehensive nature of this study, its chronological sensitivity, and careful assessment of what is inherited and what is innovative, enables substantive conclusions to be drawn regarding the behaviour of semivowels at various stages in the history of Greek and in Indo-European itself. Table of ContentsPrefacePart 1: Evidence for Sievers' Law and the Possibility oh Inheritance1. Introduction2. Sievers' Law: Gothic and Vedic3. Chronology and InheritancePart II: Greek Nominal Categories4. Sievers' Law in Greek5. Evidence from *-ye/o NominalsPart III: Verbal Categories6. Preliminary Considerations7. Greek *-ye/o- Verbs8. ConclusionsBibliographyIndex
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