The Prehistory of the Balto-Slavic Accent has been written to fill a gap. The interested non-specialist can easily learn about the complex accent systems of the individual Baltic and Slavic languages and how they relate to each other. But the reader interested in the Proto-Balto-Slavic parent system, and how it evolved from the very different system of Proto-Indo-European, has few reliable places to turn. The goal of this book is to provide an accentological interface between Indo-European and Balto-Slavic—to identify and explain the accent shifts and other early changes that give the earliest stages of Baltic and Slavic their distinctive prosodic cast.
Jay Jasanoff, Ph.D. (1968), Harvard University, is Diebold Professor of Indo-European Linguistics and Philology at Harvard. He is best known for his work on IE verbal morphology, especially Hittite and the Indo-European Verb (Oxford, 2003).
In sum, Jasanoff’s opus can take its rightful place alongside works such as Stang 1957 as being essential reading in the field of BS accentology for a long time to come. -
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Anyone interested in Indo-European or Balto-Slavic comparative-historical linguistics, Balto-Slavic accentology, or the historical development of accent systems in general.