5 Sep 2012

A dictionary of selected synonyms in the principal Indo-European languages

Submitted by doug
TitleA dictionary of selected synonyms in the principal Indo-European languages
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1949
AuthorsBuck C D
Number of Pages1515
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
CityChicago
KeywordsIndo-European
Abstract

Originally published in 1949 and appearing now for the first time in a paperbound edition, Buck's Dictionary remains an indispensable tool for diachronic analysis of the Indo-European languages. Arranged according to the meaning of words, the work contains more than 1,000 groupings of synonyms from the principal Indo-European languages. Buck first tabulates the words describing a particular concept and then discusses their etymological and semantic history, tracing changes in meaning of the root words as well as presenting cases indicating which of the older forms have been replaced by expressions of colloquial or foreign origin.

Notes

Buck’s purpose was to list words from selected Indo-European languages that express selected semantic concepts. Consequently he chose to organize his dictionary by semantics rather than alphabetical order. Since he only includes around 1,100 concepts, his concepts are usually very basic. So his entries often correspond to the domain labels in other lists of domains. It has 172 domains.

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