Old Frisian Etymological Dictionary


The Old Frisian Etymological Dictionary is an indispensable research tool for the study of Old Frisian, Germanic languages, and Proto-Indo- European.

With this first etymological dictionary of Old Frisian based on the lexicon of Riustring 1 manuscript, Old Frisian becomes accessible to a wide circle of scholars of Germanic and Indo-European. The latest insights of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics have been systematically incorporated. The entries are provided with a meticulous analysis of Old Frisian dialectal forms, with Proto-Frisian reconstructions, and with a wealth of Germanic and Indo- European cognates.
Due to the lack of lexicographical tools, Old Frisian cognates are rarely included in current etymological dictionaries of Germanic and Indo-European, despite the fact that Old Frisian can often provide important clues for the reconstruction. At the same time, it is difficult for the students of Old Frisian to acquire knowledge of the linguistic prehistory of this language. The Old Frisian Etymological Dictionary is an indispensable research tool for the study of Old Frisian, Germanic languages, and Proto-Indo-European.

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Dirk Boutkan (1964-2002), Ph.D. in Comparative Linguistics, Leiden University, published extensively on Old Frisian and on historical grammar of Germanic.
Sjoerd Michiel Siebinga (1977) studied Historical Linguistics, Old Germanic Philology and Frisian at the University of Amsterdam.
"A Major Addition to Germanic Resources", July 14, 2007
By John E. Mclaughlin

This is a major addition to the corpus of work on Germanic languages. Old Frisian has been long neglected in Germanic studies, but this work will help to fill that gap in our knowledge. It deserves to be placed alongside Lehmann's (1984) "A Gothic Etymological Dictionary" as a major resource for not just the language in question, but for its place within Germanic and Indo-European as well. Each entry includes the reconstructed Proto-Frisian form, Germanic cognates, Proto-Germanic form, Proto-Indo-European form, and Indo-European cognates. The cognate lists include not just the expected primary roots, but appropriate derivational forms as well. The amount of data in this work is truly impressive. But equally impressive is the clear and unambiguous formatting. It is always clear what you are looking at and it is easy to find simple information quickly and easily. This is a truly wonderful reference to a long-ignored Old Germanic language.
All those interested in Frisian, Germanic, non-Indo-European substratum and Indo-European etymology.
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