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Early Indo-European Online Lessons

Readers curious to learn about ancient languages and linguistics may find this collection of free self-study lessons provided by the Linguistic Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin to be a helpful starting point. Here, visitors will find introductory lesson series for more than fifteen ancient Indo-European languages, including (for example) Classical Greek, Old Norse, and Ancient Sanskrit. The lesson series in this collection assume no special knowledge of the languages or linguistics, and they aim to provide an introduction to the basic structures of the respective languages, highlight issues of scholarly debate, guide readers in the reading and analysis of texts, and situate the languages and their documents within their cultural and historical context. These text-based lessons focus on developing learners reading knowledge of the languages and do not include audio recordings, though the materials for some languages include written explanations of pronunciations. Each lesson uses historical texts written in that lessons language as its base, and the majority of the series has ten lessons for each language. The languages time periods vary widely, ranging from the 17th to 12th centuries BCE (Hittite) to the 16th to 21st centuries CE (Albanian).
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July 26th, 2019
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July 23rd, 2019 at 11:44am
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July 23rd, 2019 at 2:11pm
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