Back to work: full revision of A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, syntax and learning course

Dear members and friends,

We have been revising the grammar for 5 intensive weeks already, and probably within 2 weeks we will publish a new full revision of it. While this (probably third printed) edition has been improved to a great extent, there are two aspects we still have to work with:

– Fernando is working on a comprehensive Proto-Indo-European syntax, and it is not expected to be finished before this summer. The available chapters on syntax – mainly related to the older IE languages – have also been corrected and improved, though.

– Mario has proposed an Assimil-like self-learning and introductory course, whose first stub lessons and general schema he has personally worked. Our previous idea was to create a real archaeological and cultural environment for North-West Indo-European, as in the Ancient Greek or Latin Assimils, but his proposal to work with us has changed the original we-do-it-alone view.

To collect in 100 short lessons the language, customs, archaeology, poetry, and culture in general, of some prehistoric European peoples, is a huge enterprise, and we think it might be a good idea to work on the stories collaboratively. Therefore, if any of you know or are interested in these fields, and you feel like collaborating in creating a whole story (or more exactly a lot of short, connected stories), as historically and linguistically accurate as possible, we might include some more people, and maybe collaborate through Google Docs instead of per email, as we are used to. You can contact us at [email protected] .

– About problems or mistakes of webs, wikis, forums, blogs, translations, etc. this is nowadays a secondary problem. Within weeks we might begin to think about improving and changing them, but for the moment the aim is language, language, language…and culture!

Your Indo-European team.

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