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A Reader in Nineteenth Century
Historical Indo-European Linguistics

Winfred P. Lehmann

Copyright © 1967 by Indiana University Press

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  Introduction by the Editor  1
1. Sir William Jones: The Third Anniversary Discourse, on the Hindus  7
2. Friedrich von Schlegel: On the Language and Wisdom of the Indians  21
3. Rasmus Rask: An Investigation concerning the Source of the Old Northern or Icelandic Language  29
4. Franz Bopp: On the Conjugational System of the Sanskrit Language  38
5. Jacob Grimm: Germanic Grammar  46
6. Wilhelm von Humboldt: On the Structural Variety of Human Language and Its Influence on the Intellectual Development of Mankind  61
7. Rudolf von Raumer: Linguistic-Historical Change and the Natural-Historical Definition of Sounds  67
8. August Schleicher: Introduction to A Compendium of the Comparative Grammar of the Indo-European, Sanskrit, Greek and Latin Languages  87
9. C. Lottner: Exceptions to the First Sound Shift  97
10. Hermann Grassmann: Concerning the Aspirates and Their Simultaneous Presence in the Initial and Final of Roots  109
11. Karl Verner: An Exception to the First Sound Shift  132
12. Heinrich Hubschmann: On the Position of Armenian in the Sphere of the Indo-European Languages  164
13. Karl Brugmann: Nasalis Sonans in the Original Indo-European Language  190
14. Hermann Osthoff and Karl Brugman: Preface to Morphological Investigations in the Sphere of the Indo-European Languages I  197
15. Eduard Sievers: On the Accent and Phonology of the Germanic Languages. III. On the Law of Vocalic Finals  210
16. Ferdinand de Saussure: Memoire on the Primitive System of Vowels in the Indo-European Language  217
17. William Dwight Whitney: Language and the Study of Language, Lecture X  225
18. Eduard Sievers: Foundations of Phonetics  257