The present volume grew out of the idea that it might be scientifically rewarding to host the first Indo-European conference on questions of language and meter. The conference turned out to be a special event, bringing together Indo-Europeanists, general linguists, and philologists, including the featured speakers Alan J. Nussbaum, Paul Kiparsky, Joachim Latacz, and the late Martin L. West. We want to express our heartfelt thanks once again to our Munich crew, including the student organizers and Elke Bergmeier, who helped to make the event unique in many ways.
The conference volume would not have materialized without Dieter Gunkel’s thorough editorial work and acumen in improving and ‘finetuning’ both the content and the formatting of the volume’s contributions. We are also indebted to Christoph Bross, Andreas Opfermann, and Elke Bergmeier for further editorial assistance along the way.
Finally we would like to express our thanks to Craig Melchert and the editors of Brill’s Studies in Indo-European Languages and Linguistics for agreeing to include this volume in the series, and to Maarten Frieswijk for his assistance in the typesetting process.
The volume is dedicated to the memory of Martin L. West, the eminent pioneer of Classics and comparative Indo-European studies.