The publication in 1816 of Bopp's UEber das Conjugationssystem can be considered the beginning of a systematic comparison of Indo-European languages, and thus as having led too the development of the study of language as a science, distinct from philology. The Analytical Comparison (1820) represents not merely a translation into English, as has been claimed in the literature, but a significant advance in theoretical clarity and methodological soundness. This reprint is accompanied by a bio-bibliographical account of Bopp by J. D. Guigniaut, an introduction to Analytical Comparison by Friedrich Techmer, and a letter to Bopp by Wilhelm von Humboldt. Furthermore, the editor, E. F. K. Koerner, has added a Foreword, select bibliography, and index.
1. Preface to the 1974 edition; 2. Foreword to the 1989 printing; 3. Select Bibliography; 4. A. Works by Bopp; 5. Secondary Sources; 6. Notice historique sur la vie et les travaux de M. Francois Bopp (1877) (by Guigniaut, Joseph Daniel); 7. Vorwort des Herausgebers (1889) (by Techmer, Friedrich); 8. Analytical Comparison of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and Teutonic Languages, shewing the original identity of their grammatical structure (1820) (by Bopp, Franz); 9. Brief an Franz Bopp uber 'Analytical Comparison' (1821) (by Humboldt, Wilhelm von); 10. Index of Authors