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Hallelujah! Let me introduce myself.

From:Charlie Brickner <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 2004, 19:48
My undying thanks to all who helped me overcome this obstacle.

I am a 63-year-old Catholic priest and the pastor of 3 small parishes
in the Blue Ridge Mtns. of VA.  I have had a love of languages &
linguistics since I was a child.  I can remember checking out grammar
books from the library as early as the fifth grade.  My first formal
contact was with Latin in high school.  I was an R.N. before entering
the seminary & "did time" in the army (Germany) and the Peace Corps
(Honduras).  I now hold a B.A. in English, a B.A. in natural science,
an M.A. in comparative religions, & TONS of theology credits.  I have
credits in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, German, French, Italian, & a minor
in Spanish.  I can also read Portuguese.  My serious dabblings
include Dutch, Japanese, Swahili, & Malay.

More recently, say the last dozen years or so, I have become
infatuated with Proto-Indo-European, the language & the culture.
After reading Tolkien & so many others, I decided to have a go at my
own conlang.  The foundation is Pokorny's Indogermanishes
Woerterbuch, but adjustments are made to the grammar & the lexicon
every time I receive an issue of "The Journal of Indoeuropean
Studies."  It is definitely a work in progress.  I have placed the
conlang in an historical setting, that of the steppes of Ukraine,
Russia, and the Caucasus & Ural Mountains sometime during the last
Ice Age.  Someday I hope to write a fantasy novel about all this.  Or
maybe just continue to have fun with it.

My big problem now is that I am still a novice on the internet.  AND
I'm still using WordPerfect 5.1!!  I will be needing a bit of help in
the conlang group for a while.  Is there a site where I can learn
those grammatical abbreviations that I see in the interlinear
translations?  When a section of a message is repeated in a reply is
it put there with cut & paste?

I'm not sure how long these messages can be, so I'll introduce my
conlang in another message.  Sure is good to be here.


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