Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch

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The Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (IEW; "Indo-European Etymological Dictionary") was published in 1959 by the Austrian-German comparative linguist and Celtic languages expert Julius Pokorny. It is an updated and slimmed-down reworking of the three-volume Vergleichendes Wörterbuch der indogermanischen Sprachen (1927–1932, by Alois Walde and Julius Pokorny).

Both of these works aim to provide an overview of the lexical knowledge of the Proto-Indo-European language accumulated through the early 20th century; the IEW is now significantly outdated, especially as it was conservative even when it was written, ignoring the now integral laryngeal theory, and hardly including any Anatolian material.


  • French & European Publications (1969), ISBN 0-8288-6602-3
  • Francke 4th ed. (2002), 5th ed. (2005), ISBN 3-7720-0947-6

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Other Proto-Indo-European language dictionaries and grammars

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