The Ancient Languages of Europe

This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Europe, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. 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 volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.

• An authoritative reference work to the ancient languages of Europe • This convenient, portable paperback retains the award-winning page layout of the original Encyclopedia • Includes a new introduction specific to this geographical area

Contents

Editor’s foreword Roger D. Woodard; 1. Language in ancient Europe: an introduction Roger D. Woodard; 2. Attic Greek Roger D. Woodard; 3. Greek dialects Roger D. Woodard; 4. Latin James P. T. Clackson; 5. Sabellian languages Rex E. Wallace; 6. Venetic Rex E. Wallace; 7. Etruscan Helmut Rix; 8. Continental Celtic Joseph F. Eska; 9. Gothic Jay H. Jasnoff; 10. Ancient Nordic Jan Terje Faarlund; Appendix 1. Indo-European Henry M. Hoenigswald, Roger D. Woodard and James P. T. Clackson; Appendix 2. Full table of contents from The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages.