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Robert Beekes

A must-have research tool that should be on every classicist’s desk.

The first comprehensive etymological dictionary of Greek in the English language

Greek is among the most intensely and widely studied languages known. Since the publication of the last etymological dictionary of Greek, both the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European, and our knowledge of the Greek substrate have led to numerous, often surprising new insights into the history and formation of the Greek vocabulary.
This dictionary is a treasure trove covering 2000 years of Ancient Greek: from Mycenaean via Homer and the classical period to lexicographers, such as Hesychius (5th century A.D.).
It consists of 7500 entries with thoroughly revised etymologies. Each entry gives clear information about the origin of the Greek word and its first date of attestation. It further provides all etymologically relevant variants, dialectal forms, derivatives, compounds, and bibliographical references.
This dictionary is a truly indispensable tool for those in search of a deeper knowledge of the Greek vocabulary, its history and, therewith, a better understanding of the language.

Etymological Dictionary of Latin

and the other Italic Languages

Michiel de Vaan

Latin is one of the major ancient Indo-European languages and one of the cornerstones of Indo-European studies. Since the last comprehensive etymological dictionary of Latin appeared in 1959, enormous progress has been made in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European, and many etymologies have been revised. This new etymological dictionary covers the entire Latin lexicon of Indo-European origin. It consists of nearly 1900 entries, which altogether discuss about 8000 Latin lemmata. All words attested before Cicero are included, together with their first date of attestation in Latin. The dictionary also includes all the inherited words found in the other ancient Italic languages, such as Oscan, Umbrian and South Picene; thus, it also serves as an etymological dictionary of Italic.

William Ritchie and Tej Bhatia

A two-volume set including the Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and the Handbook of Child Language Acquisition. The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition discusses research, theory, and applications specifically of second language acquisition. The book addresses issues of maturation and modularity, as well as language transfer between first and second languages, the neuropsychology of second language acquisition, research and methodological issues in the study of second language acquisition and language contact and its consequences. The Handbook of Child Language Acquisition sheds a new light on the what, why and how of the child's ability to acquire one or more languages. It includes treatments of acquisition form a variety of theoretical viewpoint and also contains overviews of the acquisition of all components of linguistic structure, as well as treating the acquisition of the sign languages of the deaf and the specific problems of bilingual acquisition.