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Linguistic Roots of Europe : Origin and Development of European Languages (Hardcover)

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This book investigates the linguistic prehistory of Europe, raising the following central questions: What did Europe look like before the expansion of the Indo-Europeans, what do we know about the autochthonous population and its contacts with the Indo-European and Uralic immigrants, and how did the linguistic situation develop from these starting points? These questions are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to linguistics, studies from the fields of archaeology, religious studies and palaeography contribute to a more comprehensive and, at the same time, a more detailed picture of the linguistic and, hence, the cultural prehistory of Europe. As a result, existing research problems can be highlighted and dealt with in a new context. This volume is essential reading for students and scholars interested in the history of Indo-European.

Most of us know of the Indo-European roots of European languages, but how did this precursor language take hold and what did Europe look like before it did so? This book explores the continent before the spread of the Indo-Europeans, examines its indigenous population and the contacts it had with Indo-European and Uralic immigrants, and, ultimately, asks how these origins led to the development of that crucial singularity for Europe?s languages. Drawing on archaeology, religious studies, and palaeography, the contributors offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of Europe?s linguistic prehistory and, in turn, its cultural one.
Number of Pages: 341
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Copenhagen Studies in Indo-European
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Language: English
Street Date: February 15, 2016
TCIN: 16398338
UPC: 9788763542098
Item Number (DPCI): 247-33-1052
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