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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 18:53:25 -0500
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I don't want to start another thread on this topic, but since
there have been some discussions about Indo-European languages,
I'd like to suggest a book that can be downloaded for free.
(A printed copy can be purchased for $19.99.)    (01)

    A Grammar of Modern Indo-European
    by Carlos Quiles & Fernando López-Menchero    (02)

The complete book is 824 pages long with many color illustrations.
That makes it over 15 megabytes.  But it is possible to read or
download individual chapters separately:    (03)

    http://dnghu.org/en/Grammar-Indo-European-Language/    (04)

The first several chapters present a good overview of the various
I-E languages and the scholarship in discovering their inter-
relationships.    (05)

The title "Modern Indo-European" is both weird and controversial.
The authors (and their colleagues) have reconstructed what they
consider the vocabulary and syntax of a European I-E, into which
they have translated various texts.  They claim that this so-called
"modern" Indo-European language could be used as a candidate for
a common language for the European Union.  I wouldn't bet on it.
But it is interesting.    (06)

In any case, the early chapters have good maps and discussions
of the evidence, theories, and hypotheses about the I-E languages.    (07)

John Sowa    (08)

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