Archive for March, 2011

Short delay in the publication of the third edition of A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, the new self-learning book, and server management

Dear members and friends,

Even though we planned to publish the third printed edition of A Grammar of Modern Indo-European (and to have it published online) by this time already, we had to solve some unexpected problems in linguistic aspects, as well as in the final editing and design of the book.

Nevertheless, to compensate for this two-week delay, we will probably publish the grammar in PDF online before it is available as a printed book, so that we can work in the new self-learning course, or in translations of the latest text, as soon as possible. We expect the reconstruction to be far more stable than the previous one, but revisions are indeed still necessary.

Apart from that, and while we wait for the grammar to be published, we are changing the server installation, to be able to work on the websites more efficiently. We have already solved the forum registration problem. Among other things, we want:

– To improve the website accessibility, letting just simple and direct information on Indo-European reconstruction.
– To restrict or fully eliminate Google ads, which are not necessary for the moment to keep the websites functioning.
– To concentrate all linguistic information on one website (indo-european.info), and to simplify the dnghu.org website as the association’s central, as a cultural and social centre.

About older, unanswered mails, we keep receiving some complaints; I (Carlos) am fully responsible for their loss, because of the thousands of spam mails (received over months) I had to manually revise… I apologise for any inconveniences. Please resend unanswered mails to contact@dnghu.org.

Your Indo-European Team.

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 contact@dnghu.org .

– 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.