The Prehistory of the Balto-Slavic Accent


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.

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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. - Jean-François Mondon, Minot State University, on
Anyone interested in Indo-European or Balto-Slavic comparative-historical linguistics, Balto-Slavic accentology, or the historical development of accent systems in general.