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A Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European Languages

Originally published in 1949 and appearing now for the first time in a paperbound edition, Buck’s Dictionary remains an indispensable tool for diachronic analysis of the Indo-European languages. Arranged according to the meaning of words, the work contains more than 1,000 groupings of synonyms from the principal Indo-European languages. Buck first tabulates the words describing a particular concept and then discusses their etymological and semantic history, tracing changes in meaning of the root words as well as presenting cases indicating which of the older forms have been replaced by expressions of colloquial or foreign origin.

416 pages | 8.50 x 11.00 | © 1949, 1987

Language and Linguistics: Language History and Language Universals, Language Studies

Reference and Bibliography

Table of Contents

Abbreviations for Languages and Dialects
Abbreviations for Works of Reference
Other Abbreviations
Orthography and Transcription
Form of Citation
1. The Physical World in Its Larger Aspects
2. Mankind: Sex, Age, Family Relationship
3. Animals
4. Parts of the Body; Bodily Functions and Conditions
5. Food and Drink; Cooking and Utensils
6. Clothing; Personal Adornment and Care
7. Dwelling, House, Furniture
8. Agriculture, Vegetation
9. Miscellaneous Physical Acts and Those Pertaining to Special Arts and Crafts, with Some Implements, Materials, and Products; Other Miscellaneous Notions
10. Motion; Locomotion, Transportation, Navigation
11. Possession, Property, and Commerce
12. Spatial Relations; Place, Form, Size
13. Quantity and Number
14. Time
15. Sense Perception
16. Emotion (with Some Physical Expressions of Emotion); Temperamental, Moral, and Aesthetic Notions
17. Mind, Thought
18. Vocal Utterance, Speech; Reading and Writing
19. Territorial, Social, and Political Divisions; Social Relations
20. Warfare
21. Law
22. Religion and Superstition

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