Open letter to the Indo-European Language Revival Association members, friends and supporters

Dear members, friends and supporters of Dnghu,

We are aware that we have neglected many of you over the last months. This letter is part of our attempt to put this right, informing you of the latest events.

After a long time of dealing with our professional issues, which have completely absorbed our time, partly due to the economic crisis, partly due to some special career compromises, we are already planning to resume work where we left it, beginning in march 2011.

During the last 10 months of standstill, some of you have proposed changes to our texts, or questioned reconstruction issues, while others have suggested improvements to the project’s short- and long-term aims; some did also help us solve common (spam or technical) problems in our websites.

Even though we didn’t answer ANY of you due to the lack of time, please be assured that we did (and do) read your mails and comments, and that we thank you very much for your support, proposals, and criticism. If you really needed a specific answer, please do not hesitate to resend your question after we have renewed the work on Dnghu.

Some members (and board members) have changed works, or have moved, or have been working harder due to the crisis and its effects on personal and family finances, and this has led to the long break.

However, due to the free and public nature of our works, our lack of activity hasn’t prevented many of you from downloading and buying the books, studying the language, and trying to speak it. You are thus helping create a more prepared community for the beginning of the (spoken) IE revival; we are aware of these facts, too, and that gives us another strong reason to renew our efforts as soon as possible.

I myself have been quite busy with practices in some hospital services during my last year at medical school, and for some months already I have been preparing myself for the State Exam for Medical Residents (the so-called “MIR”) in Spain. After taking the exam, I hope to have at least 3 free months before the beginning of hospital work, and I expect to dedicate some of that free time to the project.

Among the most pressing matters, there are some needed corrections and improvements to the Grammar (especially the Syntax) and vocabulary, some additional text translations into MIE, a learning method (Assimil– or Teach Yourself-like), and the long-awaited (and long-requested, by the way) podcasts, or at least some audios to help speakers with IE pronunciation.

As you probably understand, this is a project that began as an economic-revivalist one in 2006 – a theoretical proposal of one language for the EU for practical reasons, shared within the University, which got the attention and recognition of its leading members, and which should have been taken over afterwards – according to the initial plan – by its Faculty of Arts, with research projects on linguistics.

Dnghu has instead gradually become a mainly private, linguistic-revivalist project (with the Association as the accompanying ‘social’ branch of the language revival), which has also changed its “EU-only” initial vision, and in which the linguistic work is now the leading question, that needed (and needs) to be carefully discussed and reviewed by some of us with no direct contact between us, and who have other interests and careers in the daily world…

Thank you for your patience and support,

Best regards,

Carlos Quiles

5 comments:

  1. Mithridates, Friday, October 29th, 2010, 5:51 am

    I was wondering what was going on during the past ten months. Good to see that the reason for the delay is pretty normal – “real life” interfering with bigger and greater long-term goals that necessitate a good amount of free time.

    An interesting Latin video podcast has begun over the past few months and I thought you would find it interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/evan1965

    As the course is taught entirely in Latin (except for a tiny bit of English in the beginning) it’s applicable to people of any linguistic background. Also since Google Translate works with YouTube transcripts, another option is to have a course entirely in Modern Indo-European but with English subtitles, and users could translate these subtitles into their own language.

     
  2. Olivier Simon, Friday, October 29th, 2010, 8:00 am

    Hola Carlos !

    Keep on the good work ! I have experienced difficult times too !
    (take a look at the Sambahsa site: nearly everything is now available in English !)

    Olivier

     
  3. Albaceteño, Friday, November 12th, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Glad to hear the project is still on.
    The podcasts look very promising, but I am more interesting in syntax by the way. The new translated texts are also an additional welcome in order to see how the language works.
    I would like to help in everything related to the pedagogy of the project (language teacher and counsellor here), so if you have problems-doubts with that, I’d love to collaborate, although, like you, I can’t be full time at the moment.
    Finally, I want to thank you for bringing us this interesting project. Keep on the great work and best of luck with the MIR.

     
  4. Jesper, Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I think “we” should have a language course weekend in spain this spring. Just for 2 or 3 days or something like that. My suggestion is to make a sign up list to see how many is intrested in this idea – it shouldnt be so difficult?

     
  5. Mario, Sunday, December 5th, 2010, 4:00 am

    Hola Carlos!
    Thank you for the news! I am happy to read that the project is still going on.

     

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