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Indo-European Etymological Dictionary

Set up in 1991, this unique project aims to identify and describe the common lexical heritage of the most important Indo-European languages and language branches. The project has thus far resulted in twelve volumes published as The Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series (Brill, Leiden).

Sasha Lubotsky
Koninklijke Brill N.V.

Under the supervision of Sasha Lubotsky, an international team of linguists has researched, collected and integrated a growing corpus of linguistic data.

This has resulted in an indispensable, rich and voluminous (online) reference source:

The Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series

2014 Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon Rick Derksen
2013 Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic Guus Kroonen
2010 Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon Hrach Martirosyan
2010 Etymological Dictionary of Greek (2 vols.) Robert Beekes (assisted by Lucien van Beek)
2008 Etymological  Dictionary of Proto-Celtic Ranko Matasović
2008 Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages Michiel de Vaan
2008 Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic: Comparative Phonology, Morphology, and Vocabulary Allan R. Bomhard
2007 Etymological Dictionary of the Hittite Inherited Lexicon Alwin Kloekhorst
2007 Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon Rick Derksen
2007 The Origin of the Indo-Iranians Elena E. Kuz’mina & J.P. Mallory
2006 Etymological Dictionary of the Iranian Verb Johnny Cheung
2005 Old Frisian Etymological Dictionary

Dirk Boutkan & Sjoerd Michiel Siebinga

For online access, please visit Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online

Thanks to several (research and travel) grants from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), a number of renowned researchers were able to make important contributions to this project: Dr. J. Hilmarsson (Reykjavík), Prof. Dr. S. Starostin (Moscow), Prof. Dr. R. Matasović (Zagreb), Dr. V. Sadovski (Vienna), Dr. Agnes Korn (Frankfurt, now Paris) and Dr. Peter Kocharov (Petersburg). 

Publisher Koninklijke Brill N.V. has financially supported the project since 2005, as well as the Humanities Faculty of Leiden University and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

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