The Indo-European Languages
Anna Giacalone Ramat, Paolo Ramat
Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Foreign Language Study - 526 pages
This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the world. In the collection, there are five previously unpublished essays. The topics covered in these new essays are women in the play, the play's debt to contemporary theater, its critical and performance histories in Germany and Japan, the metrical variety of the play, and the distinctly modern perspective on the play as containing dark and disturbing elements. To compliment these new essays, the collection features significant scholarship and commentary on The Comedy of Errors that is published in obscure and difficulty accessible journals, newspapers, and other sources. This collection brings together these essays for the first time.
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This is an excellent reference if you are a scholar of Indo-European and want to e.g. quickly refresh your knowledge about a language (family) or look up an aspect of PIE. The book offers more dept than introductory works such as e.g. the one by Fortson, but is generally written in a slightly less technical fashion than e.g. Meier-Brügger. As such, it is an ideal starting point for students of Indo-European or any of the philological sub-disciplines (e.g. Indology, Classics) as well, but the book is also suitable for more advanced students.
Structure: The chapters of the book are written by leading scholars in their field (e.g. Calvert Watkins, Nicholas Sims-Williams). The first chapters are devoted to general issues of PIE and comprise a relatively wide scope of different aspects (including e.g. typology). The further chapters then each deal with one language family.
The quality of the articles varies: some are excellent (e.g. the one on Iranian Languages), some could have been written better. The book's major drawback are the numerous typos. The editors somehow did not work as diligently as they could and should have in this regard.
All in all, despite the fact that this is a rather rarely mentioned book, I consider it one of the few excellent general references in Indo-European Studies. It brilliates with its intelligent structure and good articles.
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