[Ads-l] Another Correction of OED Entry for "Indo-European"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 18 13:35:43 UTC 2021

Another error in the OED entry for "Indo-European" is a note stating "The earliest name for this family of languages, and, both from priority of date and superior fitness of expression, having greater claims than Indo-Germanic adj.<https://www.oed.com/view/Entry/94688#eid519919>"  I discovered 40 years ago that the term "Indo-Germanic" appeared in the French language ("indo-germanique") in 1810.  See my article in volume 8, no 1 of the journal Historiographia Linguistica.

Fred Shapiro

From: Shapiro, Fred
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2021 8:12 AM
Subject: Correction of OED's Dating of "Indo-European"

One of the most significant word-coinages is Thomas Young's creation of the term "Indo-European" to describe a great family of languages.  In its entry for "Indo-European," the OED misdates Young's article, which was published in the Quarterly Review in 1813, not 1814.

Fred Shapiro

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