Errata in Trask's Historical Linguistics
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These errata found in Millar's 3rd edition of Trask's Historical Linguistics were mostly identified by Jonathan Washington and his students in LING 052 in the fall of 2016.
- p. 16, "...who speak different languages. This is true today..."
- p. 18, "originally meaning ‘army-ford’"
- p. 35, "mëdvedev" isn't the Russian word for bear, медведь [mʲɪdˈʋʲɛdʲ] is.
- p. 72, The paragraph ending in "before nasals" is missing a "." at the end.
- p. 84, The plural of Yiddish tog "day" is teg, not *toge
- p. 95, In the third-to-last paragraph, it should say "...both the lowering of /o/ and umlaut..." instead of "...both the lowering of /ø/ and umlaut"
- p. 126, the statement that Turkish doesn't have a copula construction is over-simplified; it would be more accurate to say that Turkish does not have overt copula marking in the present/aorist with third person copula constructions in informal registers. Various ways of marking the copula arise in quite a range of other contexts, and there's even a defective copula verb.
- p. 129, example 6.13 should probably be "John-č kʷaθʔideː ido-pč", not "John kʷaθʔideː-č ido-pč".
- p. 131, the transcription of the Biblical Hebrew examples has a few issues:
- ' and ʔ are both used for glottal stop
- c is used for emphatic [sˁ]
- v is used for [w]
- these last couple issues suggest the intent was to transcribe Modern Hebrew, not Biblical Hebrew (...), but IPA wasn't used.
- p. 133, example 6.22 appears to be missing the word "dă"
- p. 133, I think ◌̆ diacritics should probably be ◌̌
- p. 139, example 6.26 should probably have "þrijoz" instead of "prijoz"
- p. 161, langue d'oil should be langue d'oïl
- p. 164, it's "Delmarva", not "Delmarvia"
- p. 167, "Moldavian" should be "Moldovan"
- p. 168 & 175, "central Asia(n)" should be "Central Asia(n)"
- p. 189, the key to the map should have "jument" as solid white, not the diagonal hatching; the rest of Spain should have diagonal hatching.
- p. 198, In table 8.5, 'ʃtʃ-' for Portuguese should be just 'ʃ-'.
- p. 201-202, All instances of ‹λ› and ‹ù› should be ʎ.
- p. 205, It's not so much that Turkish didn't have [q], [x], [w] when it got the Arabic words, but that those sounds later became [k], [h], and [v] (in some dialects).
- P. 222, "Na-Déné" should probably be "Na-Dene" or "Na-Dené"
- pp. 230-231, There are two different-looking characters used for [ɣ] (assuming they are both supposed to be [ɣ]), and neither looks right.
- p. 233, Russian "jpuču" should be "puču"
- p. 250, "of necessity" → "by necessity" ?