Like its Slavic counterpart (2008), the
Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon aims at combining recent insights from comparative Indo-European linguistics with modern Balto-Slavic accentology. While the Lithuanian lexicon serves as a starting-point, the dictionary contains a number of etyma that are unique to Latvian or Old Prussian. Unlike in most other Baltic etymological studies, both Latvian and Lithuanian accentual data feature prominently. The author’s renewed attempt to reconstruct part of the Balto-Slavic lexicon has resulted in numerous additions and corrections.
The introductory chapter explains the structure of the dictionary and clarifies its theoretical framework. In addition, it provides a concise introduction to Baltic historical linguistics. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography and a word index.
Rick Derksen, Ph.D. (1996), Leiden University, has published extensively on Balto-Slavic historical linguistics, including
Metatony in Baltic (1996) and
Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (2008). A Slavist and an Indo-Europeanist, he now teaches classics in secondary education.
The distinctive feature of a good book is to find its readership and to stand the test of time. It is clear that the [Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon
] will soon become a reference book, useful to more than one generation of Balticists. The author should be congratulated for having written an excellent work in a time which is so unfavourable to research in the humanities and mistreats so much those who practise it. We may only hope that Rick Derksen will continue to enrich the area of Baltic studies by further works of the same quality. -
Daniel Petit -
École normale supérieure, Paris in:
Baltic Linguistics, 6 (2015)
All those interested in comparative Indo-European linguistics as well as Baltic and Balto-Slavic historical linguistics and accentology.