Me and etymology

Robert Woodhouse


Having been persuaded that this is a useful exercise, the author traces his growth as an etymologist and Indo-Europeanist from his early linguistic situation and guidance via a series of sidesteps through science, engineering, slavistics and an iconoclast Indo-Europeanist mentor to a barely supervised PhD in the subject. It is hoped readers will not be unduly disturbed by the author’s lack of formal training in the precise disciplines in which he continues to publish in the belief that the background here portrayed may explain his adherence to a number of minority views.

Antoine, R., 1968, 1970, A Sanskrit manual for high schools, 2 vols., 6th and 3rd ed..resp. Calcutta: Xavier Publications.
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––––, 1960, Hethitisches Keilschrift-Lesebuch, 1: Lesestücke; 2: Schrifttafel und Erläuterungen. Heidelberg: Carl Winter.
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Fs Levickij = Woodhouse 2008.
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––––, 2006, Miscellaneous remarks on Balto-Slavic accentuation,
––––, 2007, Winter’s law again,
LIV2 = (2001): Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben, ed. Helmut Rix assisted by Martin Kümmel, Thomas Zehnder, Reiner Lipp, Brigitte Schirmer, 2nd rev. ed. by Martin Kümmel and Helmut Rix. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert.
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–––– (ed.), Leiden Indo-European etymological dictionary series. Leiden/Boston: Brill. Volumes I have found particularly useful include
1. Boutkan, Dirk and S.M. Siebinga, 2005, Old Frisian e.d.
4. Derksen, Rick, 2008, E.d. of the Slavic inherited Lexicon.
5. Kloekhorst, Alwin, 2008, E.d. of the Hittite inherited Lexicon.
7. Vaan, Michiel de, 2008, E.d. of Latin and the other Italic languages.
8. Martirosyan, Hrach K., 2010, E.d. of the Armenian inherited Lexicon.
9. Matasović, Ranko, 2009, E.d. of Proto-Celtic.
10. Beekes, Robert S.P., 2010, E.d. of Greek, 2 vols.
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––––, 1992–2001, Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altindoarischen, 1–2: Erster Teil: älterer Sprache; 3: Zweiter Teil: jüngerer Sprache. Heidelberg: Carl Winter.
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––––, 1978, The Proto-Indo-European labiovelars, (Bibliotheca Slavonica 18). Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert.
––––, 1984, Proto-Indo-Eutopean laryngeals and ablaut, (Bibliotheca Slavonica 24). Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert.
Stang, Christian S., 1957, Slavonic accentuation, (Skrifter utgitt av Det Norske Videnskap-Akademi i Oslo, II. Historisk-Filosofisk Klasse 1957, no. 3). Oslo: [Universitetsvorlaget, 1965].
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Woodhouse, Robert, 2008, Some more etymologies not requiring Proto-Indo-European *b, in Problemy zahal’noho, herman’skoho ta slov’ jan’skohomovoznavstva: do 70-riččja profesora V.V. Levyc’koho / Problems of general, Germanic and Slavic linguistics: papers for the 70-th anniversary of Professor V. Levickij. Černivci/Černovcy: Knyhy-XXI. Pp. 18–26.
––––, 2011, Lubotsky’s and Beekes’ laws, PIE *(H)r-, *(H)i(V)-, *a and some other laryngeal matters, SEC 16: 151–187.
––––, 2012, Latin radius ‘ray of light; spoke of wheel’: PIE *a versus an extension of u-umlaut in West Saxon, IF 117: 1–13.
––––, in press, On the reality of the laryngeal theory: a response to Witold Mańczak, HS.

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