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The Slavonic Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) Paperback – July 28, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0415280785 ISBN-10: 0415280788 Edition: New Ed

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  • Series: Routledge Language Family Series
  • Paperback: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (July 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415280788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415280785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Each chapter has been written by an acknowledged specialist in the particular language. The chapters are highly structured, with each author providing detailed information on the same important topics ... The happy result is that we end up with 18 books in one volume ... Not only does this book provide an up-to-date survey of current knowledge for Slavists the volume is also a source of reference for all others with an interest in the Slavonic family.' - Language International

'Well made, very legible, and weighty both in grammes and erudition, this addition to the Routledge Reference series on language families will be welcomed by specialists in Slavonic studies ... a thoroughly modern conspectus of a vast and demanding discipline ... This impressive, useful work deserves a home in all reference libraries.' - Reference Reviews

'This is a comprehensive and much needed reference book on Slavonic Languages. The comprehensiveness of the undertaking is unquestionable.' - International Review of Applied Linguistics

'The present volume is certainly comprehensive. The editors are to be congratulated on these innovative features. This book is clearly an outstanding achievement: it will quickly become a standard work, which will not be superseded for a very long time to come.' - J.A. Dunn, University of Glasgow

About the Author

Bernard Comrie is Director at the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and also Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Greville G. Corbett is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Blah on February 2, 2005
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Like most language books this one is pretty expensive. However, the price is well worth it if you have an interest in multiple slavic (or slavonic) languages. This book is primarily for linguists but would be interesting for anyone with a love for languages. There is some technical jargon but not too much. I myself am not a linguist but was able to understand quite easily.

The book contains chapters on fourteen languages including the following: PRoto-Slavonic, Old Church Slavonic, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Sorbian, Polish, Cassubian, Polabian, Russian, Belorussian, and Ukrainian. Each Chapter contains six sections as follows: 1. Introduction/history of the language 2.Phonology 3. Morphology 4. Syntax 5. Lexiography 6. Dialects

Each of the chapters is written by a different expert. I found the Bulgarian and the Serbo-Croatian section to be both helpful and complete conjugation charts and declension patterns are included in their respective languages. There is also a good discusions of similarities and differences between each of the languages. Overall you will not be able to find a more complete and percise grammar summary of all the slavic languages. This book is well worth your time and money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8, 2007
THE SLAVONIC LANGUAGES, edited by Bernard Comrie and Greville G. Corbett, is one of the best installments in Routledge's Language Family Description series. Originally published in library binding in 1993, it is now available in significantly less expensive paperback, making it finally accessible to students of linguistics.

Comrie and Corbett contribute an Introduction giving a synchronic sketch of some of the general features of the Slavonic languages, such as aspect, rich nominal and verbal morphology, and various oppositions of palatalization. Paul Cubberly has written a chapter on alphabets and transliteration that ranges from the polemic history of the Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabets up to modern literary reforms and 20th century Cyrillic-Latin conversion schema. A chapter on Proto-Slavonic appears from Alexander Schenker, esentially identical to the same chapter in his later book THE DAWN OF SLAVIC (Yale University Press, 1996), treating the evolution of Common Slavonic out of (late, NW) Proto-Indo-European. There's also a chapter on the Slavonic languages in emigration, continuing the trend in this series (as in THE GERMANIC LANGUAGES) of considering contemporary developments.

The Slavonic languages covered are Old Church Slavonic, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croat, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Sorbian, Polish, Cassubian, Polabian, Russian, Belorussian, and Ukrainian. One regrets the lack of Rusyn, but students can rejoice that Polabian is covered in as exhaustive a depth as possible considering its limited attestation, and Cassubian is treated in its own right instead of just getting a brief mention as a "dialect" in the Polish chapter.
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