The Baltic languages (Lithuanian, Latvian, Old Prussian) are well known for their archaic structure, but their contribution to Indo-European linguistics has hitherto often been underestimated. The aim of this book is to give a thorough survey of some of the major issues of Baltic linguistics. It consists of five chapters, devoted, respectively, to the problems of Baltic dialectology, to the development of the Baltic accentual system, to the fate of the neuter gender in Baltic, to the reconstruction of the Baltic verbal system and, finally, to the syntax of clitic forms in Baltic.
Daniel Petit, Ph.D. (1996) in Greek Linguistics, Habilitation (2002) in Baltic Linguistics, University of Sorbonne, is Professor of Indo-European Linguistics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). He has published extensively on Baltic Linguistics including
Apophonie et catégories grammaticales dans les langues baltiques (2004).
"This book is a useful introduction to certain aspects of historical Baltic linguistics not only for students of Baltic languages and those of historical, especially Indo-European, linguistics but also those interested in language typology will profit from the investigations presented here." Felix Thies,
Journal of Baltic Studies 42/4 (2011), pp. 553-555
All those interested in Baltic and Indo-European linguistics, as well as General Linguistics.