Indo-European and Its Closest Relatives: The Eurasiatic Language Family, Volume 1, Grammar

Indo European and Its Closest Relatives The Eurasiatic Language Family Volume Grammar The basic thesis of this book is that the well known and extensively studied Indo European family of languages is but a branch of a much larger Eurasiatic family that extends from northern Asia to Nor

  • Title: Indo-European and Its Closest Relatives: The Eurasiatic Language Family, Volume 1, Grammar
  • Author: Joseph H. Greenberg
  • ISBN: 9780804738125
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The basic thesis of this book is that the well known and extensively studied Indo European family of languages is but a branch of a much larger Eurasiatic family that extends from northern Asia to North America Eurasiatic is seen to consist of Indo European, Uralic Yukaghir, Altaic Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungus Manchu , Japanese Korean Ainu possibly a distinct subgroupThe basic thesis of this book is that the well known and extensively studied Indo European family of languages is but a branch of a much larger Eurasiatic family that extends from northern Asia to North America Eurasiatic is seen to consist of Indo European, Uralic Yukaghir, Altaic Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungus Manchu , Japanese Korean Ainu possibly a distinct subgroup of Eurasiatic , Gilyak, Chuckchi Kamchatkan, and Eskimo Aleut The author asserts that the evidence for the validity of Eurasiatic as a single linguistic family, including the vocabulary evidence to be presented in Volume II on semantics, confirms his hypothesis since the numerous and interlocking resemblances he finds among the various subgroups can only reasonably be explained by descent from a common ancestor.The evidence in this volume deals in great detail with the distribution of 72 grammatical elements and the forms they take in the various Eurasiatic languages The book also contains a historical introduction and a discussion of certain phonological phenomena Of these phenomena, the most important is the vocal harmony system found in many of these languages that is the ancestor of the so called Ablaut variations of vowels in Indo European, still seen in English in such contrasts as come came The origin and earliest form of this system have long been a puzzle to Indo Europeanists, but in this work they are shown to be the outcome of this original system.An appendix deals with the vowel variation of Ainu, which resembles that of other languages in Eurasiatic The origin of the Ainu has hitherto been considered a great mystery, and this volume shows a north Asian origin, not, as some have thought, one in Southeast Asia or the Pacific The book also includes a Classification of Eurasiatic Languages and an Index of the Etymologies.

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    1. Joseph H. Greenberg's bold assertion that the Indo-European family of languages is but one branch of a much larger Eurasiatic family language tree which stretches even into the North American Arctic is by now rather well known at least in linguistic circles (but while indeed increasingly being considered a possibility, it does still and nevertheless remain at least somewhat controversial). According to the author, according to Greenberg, what he labels and considers as Eurasiatic consists of Ind [...]

    2. A fascinating book, but I refuse to give it higher than a "2" because I think the conclusions are all wrong. Greenberg is famous for doing THE definitive classification of Native American languages (of both North and South America, mind you). He has since tried to unite all the languages of Europe and Asia into a "Eurastiatic" language family, and while his research is fascinating, I think it is deeply flawed (Greenberg relies far too heavily on "eyeballing" words and doesn't enagage in much ser [...]

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