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Posted: 25 May 2013 07:54 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Can anyone give me some references to Proto-Indian (PIE): that to which most languages refer?

I am looking for History, How today’s languages trace back, etc.

So many places reference PIE, and I am simply trying to grow in my knowledge of it other than searching all over Google.
Thanks in advance.

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Posted: 25 May 2013 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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You might try looking in one of those big unabridged dictionaries such as Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. There should be a section with rather detailed information on the general history of language.

I don’t see how you will avoid using a search engine.

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Posted: 25 May 2013 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’ve never run across a nice, authoritative overview of PIE and its descendants for the layperson. All the work I’ve seen has been rather technical and eye-glazingly dull, unless you’re really into patterns of sound changes and reading long lists of reconstructed roots.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, edited by David Crystal, has a decent, short overview. A nice place to start, although I’m not sure it will tell you anything Wikipedia doesn’t.

I haven’t read it, but you might want to try The Horse, The Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony (Princeton Univ. Press, 2007). Although I believe this book focuses on the speakers of PIE, and not its daughter languages. (Which tells me that it’s highly speculative, which is why I haven’t read it yet.)

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Posted: 26 May 2013 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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PIE stands for Proto-Indo-European, not Proto-Indian.

The best short introduction I know is Calvert Watkins’s introduction to the Appendix of Indo-European Roots (Appendix I) in AHD; it’s available online (via the Wayback Machine) here.  If you really want to dig into it, I can recommend The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World, which is pricy but thorough.

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Posted: 10 June 2013 09:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m quite fond of the American Heritage Dictionary, because my desktop copy has I nice big appendix of PIE, and it was my first exposure to same. I love to follow “see -kweu in appendix” and find odd connections. Downside: sometimes takes me an hour to look up a word…

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Posted: 11 June 2013 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Exactly!  But be careful—the first edition led to me going to grad school and spending several years and thousands of dollars there (I would say “wasting,” because I never got the PhD, but in fact I’m not sorry I took those courses in Old Irish, Gothic, Hittite, etc.).

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