Who were the Indo-Europeans, where and when did they appear, what were their linguistic and cultural characteristics? How can we study their prehistory and how do we reconstruct their language? How realistic are the reconstructions of historical linguists? These are only some of the questions posed in the pages of the book. Among the issues addressed here are: linguistic and cultural reconstruction, linguistic paleontology, the relationship of linguistics to other sciences, the etymological research, the poetic language of the Indo-Europeans, the relationship of historical reconstruction to linguistic typology and historical reality, and the position of Greek within the Indo-European language family.
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