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This book represents a reconstruction of the Proto-Germanic vocabulary as attested in ancient and modern Germanic languages and projected to the Proto-Germanic level. The volume contains valuable linguistic information giving an outline of Proto-Germanic language, culture and pre-historic tradition. It is the first attempt to reconstruct the Proto-Germanic lexicon after the work of Falk and Torp in the beginning of the XXth century.
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Missing Vowels Jun 21, 2009
This book is a rather large dictionary of a reconstruction of Proto Germanic. Those parts that are readable are very interesting. However, for some reason many words have blank spaces where a vowel should be. This is especially pronounced in the words that begin with s. For example, there is an enty *sl wan. The text of the entry relates the proto form to OE sliw, MLG sl , and OHG sl o. I have no idea what the vowels in the proto form and the German forms were. Also, I checked the website of the publisher, and I was unable to find errata. For the price I paid, this sloppy editing is unacceptable.