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A. Richard Diebold Center for Indo-European Language and Culture

Indo-European Linguistics


Like words in language generally, Indo-European (IE) words fall into word classes, and the study of the inner structure of words is the focus of traditional Indo-European morphology.

Our own work, however, focuses on the assembly and annotation of a significant IE Lexicon consisting of Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etyma (loosely speaking, lexical roots) indexed using Carl Buck's Semantic Fields, and showing large numbers of reflexes (derived forms) in languages more modern than the original -- emphasizing English words and their etymologies, which span thousands of years. While the semantic index to PIE etyma is complete, the work of assembling the lexicon is still in progress and there is only a [large] draft to show at present. But as time progresses, more and more lexical content will be posted online, with reflexes cross-indexed by language.

Sample PIE etyma, from which later Indo-European words were derived, exemplify the use of PIE Phonemes. Semantic Fields index PIE roots by category.

If & when we can add them, future links to word uses in IE Texts and lesson texts in the Early Indo-European Online project will add syntactic and pragamatic data for lexical items.