Archive for the 'Intro to historical linguistics' Category

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Birth of Historical Linguistics

The third of a three part series. See the others here: Part 1: The Indo-Europeans Part 2: The Tools of the Trade ____________________________________________________ Earlier I made mention of the consistency of sound changes, what the nineteenth-century German grammarians called the Ausnahmslosigkeit der Lautgesetze (the “exceptionlessness of sound change”) . The catalyst for this principle, which was in […]

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Tools of the Trade

The second of a three part series. See the others here: Part 1: The Indo-Europeans Part 3: The Birth of Historical Linguistics ____________________________________________________ My last post dealt with the more anthropological side of my discipline. Most of what we know about the history of the Indo-European people groups comes not from historical records per se, but from […]

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Indo-Europeans

The first of a three part series. See the others here: Part 2: The Tools of the Trade Part 3: The Birth of Historical Linguistics ____________________________________________________ Germanic and Indo-European studies. What the heck is that? Well, let me start with a summary of the anthropological side of the discipline. And as throughout the entire series, please forgive […]

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007