The Oxford Gothic Grammar


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This volume provides a comprehensive reference grammar of Gothic, the earliest attested language of the Germanic family (apart from runic inscriptions), dating to the fourth century. The bulk of the extant Gothic corpus is a translation of the Bible, of which only a portion remains, and which has been the focus of most previous works. This book is the first in English to also draw on the recently discovered Bologna fragment and Crimean graffiti, original Gothic texts that provide more insights into the language. Following an overview of the history of the Goths and the origin of the Gothic language, Gary Miller explores all the major topics in Gothic grammar, beginning with the alphabet and phonology, and proceeding through subjects such as case functions, prepositions and particles, compounding, derivation, and verbal and sentential syntax. He also presents a selection of Gothic texts with notes and vocabulary, and ends with a chapter on linearization, including an overview of Gothic in its Germanic context. The Oxford Gothic Grammar will be an invaluable reference for all Indo-Europeanists, Germanic scholars, and historical linguists, from advanced undergraduate level upwards.
D. Gary Miller is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and the Classics at the Universities of Florida and Colorado, Boulder. His previous books with OUP include Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change (2002), Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English (2005), Language Change and Linguistic Theory (2 vols; 2010), External Influences on English: From Beginnings to the Renaissance (2012), and English Lexicogenesis (2014).