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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Indo-European Language and Society
Author(s):Benveniste, Emile
Publisher Name:University of Miami Press
Place of Publication:Coral Gables, Fla.
Date of Publication:1973
Annotation:By means of linguistic comparison, Benveniste attempts to reconstruct the origins and development of the vocabulary of institutions (e.g., economy, kinship, social status, royalty, law and religion) in the Indo-European family of languages. Beginning with individual terms from specific Indo-European languages and then contextualizing and analyzing them in relation to others, he aims to “restore a unity dissolved by processes of evolution, bringing buried structures to light and harmonizing the divergencies of technical usages” (p 11). Assuming no linguistic expertise, the book is useful for scholars outside the field of linguistics.
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