Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2 vols)

Comparative Phonology, Morphology, and Vocabulary


This book is a comprehensive comparison of Proto-Indo-European, in all its stages of development and in all its aspects, with various other language families of Northern Eurasia, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. It is an attempt to show that Proto-Indo-European is not genetically isolated but, rather, belongs to a larger linguistic grouping, namely, the Nostratic macrofamily. For the first time, all aspects of the putative proto-language are discussed in detail: phonology, morphology, vocabulary, syntax, and homelands. Copious references are given throughout to the relevant literature and the book ends with an English-Nostratic index. Also for the first time, a sizable amount of material has been included from Eskimo-Aleut and Chukchi-Kamchatkan. This book is, therefore, the most important contribution to Nostratic linguistics to appear to date.

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Allan R. Bomhard was educated at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hunter College, and City University of New York. He has published five books and over fifty articles on Comparative-Historical Linguistics, a.o. Toward Proto-Nostratic: A New Approach to the Comparison of Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Afroasiatic (Benjamins, 1984) and The Nostratic Macrofamily: A Study in Distant Linguistic Relationship (Co-author John Kerns, Mouton, 1994). His main areas of interest are Indo-European Comparative Linguistics and distant linguistic comparison.
"Summing up, the final positive contribution of the most recent monograph by Bomhard is enormous, in both consistence of his starting points and in richness of his lexical, grammatical and bibliographical data, which represent a bountiful source of inspiration for all who are interested in the questions of the distant relationship, including those scholars who prefer other concepts of the Nostratic hypothesis."

Reader's Report
All those interested in Indo-European comparative/historical linguistics, archaeology, and distant linguistic comparison.
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