Review of: Martin Pfeiffer: Kuṛux Historical Phonology Reconsidered. With a Reconstruction of Pre-Kuṛux-Malto Phonology and Copious Indo-Aryan and Munda Etymologies. Norderstedt: PublIQation Academic Publishing, 2018.
The volume under review is a welcome contribution to the field of Dravidian historical linguistics (particularly phonology and etymology), whose overall impact has sadly diminished over the past two decades, with the passing away of many eminent scholars (M.B. Emeneau, Bh. Krishnamurti, K. Zvelebil, M. Andronov) and the general lack of new large-scale monographic projects on the subject. It is a logical continuation of the authorʼs doctoral dissertation on the subject, published in 1972 (Elements of Kuṛux Historical Phonology, Leiden: Brill); the main goal of the book,
as is clarified in the brief Preface, is to update the authorʼs original results by taking into account all the new comparative data that have become available since the publication of the revised Dravidian Etymological Dictionary (DEDR) by T. Burrow and M.B. Emeneau in 1984, and “to take a fresh look at the problems discussed in the first investigation into Kuṛux historical phonology” (p. 5).