Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online


The most comprehensive reference work on Slavic languages ever published. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the Slavic language family from its Indo-European origins to the present day, as well as consideration of the interaction of Slavic with other languages.




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Interview with Marc L. Greenberg on the Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics

In June 2020, Brill released the online Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics (ESLL). Read an interview with Editor-in-Chief, Marc L. Greenberg (University of Kansas).

New at Brill: Heritage Language Journal

The Heritage Language Journal (HLJ) was established in 2002 by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Its aim is to provide a forum for scholars to disseminate research and knowledge about heritage and community languages.

Major Open Access Collaboration between Brill and ERC Project ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’

Brill is delighted to announce a new Open Access collaboration with ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’ (OpenPhilology), funded by the European Research Council. The resulting book series Buddhist Open Philology Project will publish translations of scriptures, text editions, and studies on the select corpus of Mahāyāna Buddhist scriptures (sūtra), the Mahāratnakūṭa collection of 49 sūtras. All volumes in the series will be published in Open Access with Brill.


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Byzantine grammatical scholarship is mostly indebted to the Alexandrian tradition, especially the Techne of Dionysios Thrax, whereas Stoic and other older kinds of linguistic thought are mostly unknown. The Byzantine output includes general treatises and word-by-word commentaries on individual texts, with explanations of orthography, prosody, morphology, etymology and semantics. Furthermore, there are school exercises (schedographiae) and lexica with grammatical information. In most cases it is clear that the Byzantine grammarians have normative and pedagogical rather than scholarly and descriptive ambitions. Among the more important Byzantine grammarians are Michael Synkellos (760/761–846), representing the first generation of those preserved, and Maximos Planoudes (ca. 1260–1305). Planoudes exhibits signs of scientific ambition and is probably to be seen as a harbinger of a new era, where modern Latin linguistic thought is assimilated by Greeks. Finally, from the late 14th c. Greek scholars move to Italy and start to teach there. This leads to a new focus on grammar, for the fact that it is now often taught to foreigners, and it further strengthens the interdependence of Greek and Latin linguistics.