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Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 1997
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Approximately half the world's population speaks an Indo-European language, which is only one of the 20 or so language families. There are more than 140 Indo-European languages, each reflecting, to a greater or lesser extent, their common culture and heritage. Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture attempts to take a snapshot of current scholarship in the field, covering the major language stocks, their origins, some selected cultures, and a few of the major issues in the field.
The editors, scholars on the faculties of Queens University, Belfast, and the University of Idaho, respectively, note that the arrangement of the work is conceptual; therefore, its use as an etymological dictionary is limited, though there is an extensive language index providing access to words in languages such as Old Irish, New English, Czech, or Ukrainian, to name but a few. Most of the entries are devoted to the reconstruction of specific proto-Indo-European (PIE) words. These entries generally consist of the PIE form as far as it can be reconstructed, a glossary, references to sources, linguistic data, a brief discussion, and a short list of additional readings. Abbreviations and technical terminology, used extensively, are defined at the front of the volume. The entries are arranged alphabetically, with a complete list available at the outset. Also available are a general index and a thematic listing of entries. The latter lists 26 subjects, such as animals, law, and mind.
The nonlexical entries vary in length, breadth, and scope. The contributors sign most, while some also provide a bibliography of further readings. The five-page entry Celtic Languages, for example, discusses their description and origins. The article includes some maps and a bibliography citing some of the standard works and dictionaries. Other nonlexical entries relate to archaeology and culture.
Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture is an impressive work of collaborative scholarship. As such, most academic libraries would be remiss not to have it. Reality suggests, however, that in such fiscally austere times, this work is so specialized that many libraries will choose not to purchase it.
It is an impressive work of collaborative scholarship. As such, most academic libraries would be remiss not to have it.
A monument of erudition. On the whole, it offers a mine of information of the highest scholarly quality, and it will long remain an indispensable tool for all Indo-Europeanists.
Journa of Indo-European Studies
Recommended for students and specialists interested in this topic as well as college and university libraries supporting historical or linguistic study.
Choice, May 1998
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Please ignore the ignorant review entitled "bogus."
As to the ignorant statement (below, 'Bogus'): Trubetzkoy was _alone_ in his notion, & Jean-Paul Demoule is an _archaeologist_.(See his work.) Archaeology & linguistics are two _different_ specialisms. Trubetzkoy & Demoule are obviously lumped together _only_ because they say something similar. This in turn reveals an ignorance/incomprehension of the entire field of Indo-European studies.
Thus, after the publication of Mallory and Adams' book (and many others), maybe one should wait, indeed, for the publication of a SERIOUS and scholarly book proving the non-existence of a Proto-IE language or compound of dialects.
For now, I am still waiting for a relevant and convincing bibliography.