Albanian Etymological Dictionary

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Brill, 1998 - Architecture - 670 pages
This volume is a new compendium of Albanian etymology tracing thousands of modern Albanian words back to their origins. It contains detailed information on the Indo-European vocabulary preserved in Albanian as well as on numerous loanwords coming from ancient Greek, Latin, early Romance and Slavic. The ancient elements of the Albanian vocabulary are used for the reconstruction of their Proto-Albanian origin and then compared with their Indo-European parallels. The history of Indo-European words and of early loanwords in Albanian shows the history and culture of the Albanian people reflected in the etymology of the Albanian language. The book also includes a short sketch of Albanian historical phonetics and a vast bibliography. Every entry is extensively documented and contains earlier etymological explanations and interpretations.

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Excellent dictionary - the absolute best for the general user. It has everything you need, and it presents it in an uncomplicated manner. As an Albanian scholar, I am grateful to the author for having written it as there was nothing of the kind available before.
It builds on Meyer, Jokl and Çabej, but compared to these three it has the advantage of half century of added theory and improved methods, providing an excellent basis for whoever would like to push these very difficult studies further.
The only problem I have: it's so expensive that I have to make do with a photocopy of it.

About the author (1998)

Vladimir Orel, Ph.D. (1981) in Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, teaches historical linguistics at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His publications include Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary (Brill, 1995) and The Language of Phrygians (Caravan Books, 1998).

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