The Indo-European Syllable


In The Indo-European Syllable Andrew Miles Byrd investigates the process of syllabification within Proto-Indo-European (PIE), revealing connections to a number of seemingly unrelated phonological processes in the proto-language.

Drawing from insights in linguistic typology and synchronic theory, he makes two significant advances in our understanding of PIE phonology. First, by analyzing securely reconstructable consonant clusters at word’s edge, he devises a methodology which allows us to predict which types of consonant clusters could occur word-medially in PIE. Thus, a number of previously disconnected phonological rules can now be understood as being part of a conspiracy motivated by violations in syllable structure. Second, he uncovers evidence of morphological influence within the syllable, created by processes such as quantitative ablaut. These advances allow us to view PIE as a synchronic grammar, one which can be described by -- and contribute to -- modern linguistic theory.

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Andrew Miles Byrd, Ph.D. (2010), UCLA, is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Kentucky. Perhaps best known for his recordings of the Proto-Indo-European language for Archaeology Magazine, he has published a number of articles which employ insights from linguistic typology and phonological theory in the historical study of Indo-European languages.
All interested in the linguistic study of ancient Indo-European languages, and anyone concerned with matters in historical phonology and phonological theory.
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