This is the first etymological dictionary of Proto-Celtic to be published after a hundred years, synthesizing the work of several generations of Celtic scholars. It contains a reconstructed lexicon of Proto-Celtic with ca. 1500 entries. The principal lemmata are alphabetically arranged words reconstructed for Proto-Celtic. Each lemma contains the reflexes of the Proto-Celtic words in the individual Celtic languages, the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) roots from which they developed, as well as the cognate forms from other Indo-European languages. The focus is on the development of forms from PIE to Proto-Celtic, but histories of individual words are explained in detail, and each lemma is accompanied by an extensive bibliography. The introduction contains an overview of the phonological developments from PIE to Proto-Celtic, and the volume includes an appendix treating the probable loanwords from unknown non-IE substrates in Proto-Celtic.
Ranko Matasović, Ph.D. (1995), is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Zagreb. His interests include Celtic and Indo-European linguistics and language typology. He published nine books, including Gender in Indo-European (Winter, Heidelberg 2004).
"Ranko Matasović’s Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (henceforth EDPC), is a welcome and very useful tool for linguistic investigation...we are extremely grateful to Ranko Matasović for his remarkable achievement." Patrizia de Bernardo Stempel, Folia Linguistica Historica 33 (2012), 215–230.
"This modern etymological dictionary of Common Celtic fits well into the new, but already famous Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series. It is an important step forward, both for Indo-European and for Celtic. It will soon be found on the desk of everyone working in these fields. "
Professor Dr. Stefan Zimmer,
Chair of Indo-European and Celtic,
University of Bonn
"Das überaus anregende Buch ist ein starker Stimulus für zukünftige Forschungen auf dem Gebiet der keltischen Etymologie."
Review by Irene Balles, Bonn, published in: Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 2011, volume 58
Celtic and Indo-European scholars, linguists interested in etymology and problems of linguistic reconstruction.