Re: I may not be a bearded, left-handed, gay Lithuanian, but...
|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 0:12|
Quoting Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>:
> Wesley Parrish wrote:
> > I've got my grubby little hands on a copy of Teach Yourself Latvian!
> > old, original series printed and published in the UK.)
> Congrats! That's a great book. One of the best old TY's that they
> freakishly and mysteriously just decided to stop reprinting one day
> (another one being TY Old English).
TY Old Englishis one of the two or three books I can blame for making me
confident in Old English. Sadly, though, I didn't get a copy when it was in
publication, in the 70s, and I had to rely on a local Uni library.
> > First book on the Baltic languages I've ever owned. ;)
> > Largely because Lithuanian and Latvian (and Old Prussian) have
> > some of the most archaic features in modern European languages,
> > and that should nicely counterpoint the Sanskrit I also intend
> > learning soon.
> The Baltic langs are facinating (I don't actually know any, but I've
> wanted to learn Latvian for ages -- I love how it looks, with all those
> macrons!). Lithuanian is by far the more conservative, though, so if
> you're into archaic I-E, you seriously need to get yourself a book on
> Lithuanian. It will blow your mind. ;-)
I know. I'm keeping my eye out for a copy.
Now about PIE, Proto Indo European, does anyone have any hints as to where I
could find some reasonably large-scale morphological and syntactical
reconstructions that simultaneously manage to conflict with and contradict each
other? Ditto for Nostratic?
I mean, conlanging is fun. It's also a means to seriously poke fun at the
conlangers who won't admit to conlanging, the reconstructionists. ;)
> veritosproject wrote:
> > And..._why_, oh _why_, are you trying to learn Latvian?
> Why _wouldn't_ anybody want to learn Latvian?! :-)
"Sharpened hands are happy hands.
"Brim the tinfall with mirthful bands"
- A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
"I me. Shape middled me. I would come out into hot!"
I from the spicy that day was overcasked mockingly - it's a symbol of the
other horizon. - emacs : meta x dissociated-press