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A Short Manual of Comparative Philology for Classical Students


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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108082105

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  • Peter Giles (1860–1935) spent most of his working life at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In addition to obtaining first-class degrees at Aberdeen and Cambridge, he attended the lectures in Germany of the philologist Karl Brugmann, which resulted in this 1895 book, bringing to Britain the ideas of the Neogrammarians. As Giles explains in his preface, it is intended for 'Classical students who, without being professed students of Comparative Philology, desire some acquaintance with its principles as applied to Latin and Greek'. Part I discusses comparative philology and the Indo-European languages in general; Part II, the specifics of phonetics and phonology in Latin and Greek; and Part III deals with morphology. This useful guide was Giles' only book, but he contributed to the Cambridge Ancient History and the Cambridge History of India, and was the single most prolific contributor on language-related topics to the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108082105
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Principles:
    1. What is philology
    2. What is an Indo-Germanic language
    3. How do Indo-Germanic languages differ from other languages
    4. The principles of modern philology
    5. Phonetics
    6. Accent
    7. Differences between English and the classical languages, and between English and other Germanic languages
    Part II. Sounds and their Combinations:
    8. Indo-Germanic sounds
    9. Attic Greek alphabet and pronunciation
    10. Latin alphabet and pronunciation
    11. History of the original Indo-Germanic sounds in Greek and Latin
    12. On some combinations of consonants
    13. On some other sound changes
    14. Accent
    Part III. Words and their Combinations:
    15. General principles of word formation
    16. Noun morphology
    17. Classification of nouns
    18. Case suffixes
    19. Pronominal declension
    20. Uses of the cases
    21. Fragments of cases
    22. Stem formation in the nouns
    23. The numerals
    24. Verb morphology
    25. The present formations
    26. The future
    27. The perfect
    28. Past formations
    29. The moods
    30. Verbal nouns
    31. Uses of the verb forms

  • Author

    Peter Giles

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