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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages

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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, Rüdiger 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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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521562560
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  • 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 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 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 will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.

    • An authoritative reference work on the ancient languages of the world - the first of its kind
    • Makes widely accessible much generally inaccessible knowledge
    • Comprehensive, thorough and systematic - the languages are treated in a uniform and coherent way
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    'This tome on our world's ancient communication offers a detailed and practical insight into each language, including writing, phonology and lexicon.' Good Book Guide

    '… a deeply interesting, even fascinating, work …' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'I have taken my time over reviewing this title simply because I found it so fascinating that I kept being sidetracked into other languages … One thing that any broad-ranging reference book compiled to rigorously applied standard criteria does is to put the familiar into a new perspective: so the chapters on Latin and Greek treat those two 'major''languages in the same way as the others and allow, in fact encourage, genuinely comparative study … the level of detail given in this handbook will satisfy many requirements … academic in the best sense.' Reference Reviews

    'Every serious library should have a copy in its reference collection, and many serious scholars will enjoy dipping into it and finding out just how linguistically diverse the ancient world really was.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'Woodard has done the scholarly world a great service … This book fills a distinct void … Highly recommended.' Library Journal

    'A practical amd useful overview... we may well congratulate the editor with a really encylopaedic work...' Boekbesprekingen

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

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    13th Dec 2015 by JAKuhn

    A magisterial introduction to dozens of ancient languages. It not only delivers the content listed in the Description, but also provides the service of a Bibliography at the end of each chapter for anyone who wishes to begin serious study in more comprehensive books.

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    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521562560
    • length: 1180 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 196 x 68 mm
    • weight: 2.805kg
    • contains: 5 maps 98 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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 Rüdiger 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.

  • Editor

    Roger D. Woodard, State University of New York, Buffalo
    Roger D. Woodard is the Andrew V. V. Raymond Professor of the Classics at the University of Buffalo. Among his other books are Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1997, Oxford); Ovid's Fasti (with A. J. Boyle, 2000, Penguin); and On Interpreting Morphological Change (1990, Gieben).

    Contributors

    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, Rüdiger 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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