[Re: [Re: Roll Your Own IE language]]
|From:||Edward Heil <edwardheil@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, April 7, 1999, 21:01|
I got an M.A. in Latin at UNC, where Craig Melchert teaches. While there=
took a class with Michael Weiss, a young Greek/Indo-Europeanist who I am
convinced will be famous in the field within a couple decades. I am also=
convinced that Weiss would cheerfully have taught there for free as long =
they let him study Hittite with Craig. :)
Alas, my interest in IE was inchoate at that time and I did not take any
courses with Craig.
Lehmann's book is pissing me off though. When I studied with Weiss, we u=
nice simple symbols for the laryngeals: H1, H2, H3. These were the
noncoloring, A-coloring, and O-coloring laryngeals, respectively. Lehman=
uses IPA symbols and I'm having a hard time nailing down which is which. =
believe ? (glottal stop), h or maybe x, and the voiced velar fricative sy=
(that V with a curly on the bottom), correspond to H1, H2, and H3
respectively. But he doesn't explain this very clearly, and at one point=
includes the voiceless uvular fricative symbol (Greek lowercase Chi), whi=
believe must be a typo for x becuase he never uses it anywhere else, and =
the context he describes it as a velar fricative.
Brian Betty <bbetty@...> wrote:
> Lehman's book is great; there are many other resources that might be
> helpful. I can cite other useful works.
> I was toying with Anatolian languages: I just managed to get my hands o=n
> Melchert's "Anatolian Historical Phonology," a massive volume of fun.
> Everything you ever wanted to know about Hittite, Cuneiform and
> Hieroglyphic Luwian, Lycian A and B, Lydian, and others - a true marvel=
> only 460pp. in length. In very small type. God, I love linguistics!
> Anatolian languages are just great fun because there are no surviving
> members of the family today. Also, they are ergative languages and show=
> some interesting reflexes of PIE stress-accents.
> I've been thinking of adding some gratuitous Lycian to my novel about a=n
> ancient AltEarth just for the fun of it - a little treat for linguists.= But
> getting the story going should really be my current priority ...
> "You know what I blame this on the breakdown of? Society!!"
> - Moe, "The Simpsons"
> Everyone thinks I'm psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the ea=rth.
> Only 270 shopping days left before the end of the world.
> James E Johnson, 1920-1999
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