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The Dawn of Dutch. Language contact in the Western Low Countries before 1200.
Michiel de Vaan. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 613pp.

The Low Countries are famous for their radically changing landscape over the last 1,000 years. Like the landscape, the linguistic situation has also undergone major changes. In Holland, an early form of Frisian was spoken until, very roughly, 1100, and in parts of North Holland it disappeared even later. The hunt for traces of Frisian or Ingvaeonic in the dialects of the western Low Countries has been going on for around 150 years, but a synthesis of the available evidence has never appeared. The main aim of this book is to fill that gap. It follows the lead of many recent studies on the nature and effects of language contact situations in the past. The topic is approached from two different angles: Dutch dialectology, in all its geographic and diachronic variation, and comparative Germanic linguistics. In the end, the minute details and the bigger picture merge into one possible account of the early and high medieval processes that determined the make-up of western Dutch.

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Frisian through the Ages: Festschrift für Rolf H. Bremmer Jr.
Herausgegeben von Stephen Laker and Michiel de Vaan. Leiden: Brill.
(= Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 77, 2017, Heft 1-2)

A collection of lingusitic, literary, philological and historical articles on medieval Frisian and Frisia.

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Le palimpseste gotique de Bologne. Etudes philologiques et linguistiques,
édité par Anita Auer et Michiel de Vaan

Ce numéro 50 des Cahiers de l’ILSL réunit les actes du colloque international organisé à Lausanne le 17 avril 2015. Dans leurs contributions en allemand, en anglais et en français, les contribuants se penchent sur des aspects divers du palimpseste en langue gotique du VIe siècle, retrouvé à Bologne (Italie) en 2009. Cette découverte a été l’une des plus spectaculaires trouvailles gotiques des derniers siècles. Parmi les articles dans ce recueil, on trouve une édition du texte gotique, des études paléographiques, philologiques et linguistiques, ainsi que des analyses littéraires et théologiques du contenu du texte. Il s’adresse donc aux linguistes et philologues des langues anciennes germaniques, et aux historiens et théologiens étudiant les Goths et leur époque.

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Javier Martínez and Michiel de Vaan. Introduction to Avestan Brill (= Introductions to Indo-European languages no. 1). Leiden / Boston: Brill.

This Introduction to Avestan provides a concise grammar of the Avestan language, the language of the followers of the Iranian prophet Zarathustra. The grammar focuses on spelling, phonology and morphology, but also includes a chapter on syntax. Abundant information on the historical development of the language is included, which renders the grammar very useful for students of Indo-Iranian and Indo-European. Also, a small number of selected Avestan texts is added, with a complete glossary, so that students can practise reading Avestan.

ISBN: 9789004258099.

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