This online book, Directions for Historical Linguistics, is one in a series of books authored/edited by Winfred P. Lehmann on the subjects of Indo-European languages and historical linguistics, broadly interpreted. Directions for Historical Linguistics is being made available here, in online form, in order to ensure its long-term, widespread availability. Other books in this series may be reached via links in the left margin and on the series introduction page.
Directions for Historical Linguistics, originally published in 1968, was scanned and converted to XML/HTML by the University of Texas Library in early 2006. The output was subsequently revised, corrected, and segmented by this editor, who wrote software to further process the resulting HTML files -- creating additional indices and this page layout including the Table of Contents in the left margin. Invisible "metadata" has been added to enhance classification by web search engines, hence discovery by readers such as you. The content of this online version is otherwise substantially the same as that of the original 1968 book, save for this Editor's Note, and a few textual changes originated or sanctioned by the author. Mention of errata is welcome; the webmaster's address for comments appears at the bottom of every page.
For notes on how textual conventions in this online book series may differ from those of the published books, and information about the Unicode character set, which we employ, see the series introduction, Indo-European Languages and Historical Linguistics. Links on that page lead to this and other books in the series.
Readers interested in Indo-European languages may be especially interested in our "Early Indo-European Online Lessons" series; use the EIEOL link here or on any web page in this book series.Jonathan Slocum