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Indo-European primers

Postby quendidil » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:48 pm

This site by the University of Texas at Austin features a few primers to a number of Indo-European languages including Tocharian, to which I've linked.

Would anyone have any recommendations on how to make use of those primers? They explicitly state on the site that they've designed those lessons to focus on a linguistic standpoint, that's great, but I feel a bit lost.
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Postby annis » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:06 pm

Are these really primers. I think they're a great way to get a quick overview of a language, but I wouldn't ever want to use them to learn from. They might make good intermediate reading, though.
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Postby quendidil » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:52 am

Well, they are advertised as such.
Moreover, the important ability with respect to these languages is that of reading texts, with or without the help of translations. The online introductions in Early Indo-European Online are designed to provide such ability.


and this
Latin Online [2002] is designed to teach you to read Latin, or to improve your reading knowledge. After completing the course, you should be able to read any Latin texts.


They do however, explicitly state that completion of the course would allow you to read the language only for Latin, Classical Greek and Old Church Slavonic, and IMO, the lessons for the 3 languages are indeed easier to go through than the Tocharian course at least, which seems more linguistics-oriented. But perhaps this may be due to the decipherment of Tocharian depending a great deal on PIE linguistics?
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Postby annis » Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:53 pm

quendidil wrote:Well, they are advertised as such.


It is an old joke that when a linguist says he's "learning a language" it really means he spent the weekend with a grammar. I love that site, but it's a pedagogical disaster for anyone who wants to use them to actually learn one of the languages with no other resources.
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Postby Bert » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:06 am

annis wrote:It is an old joke that when a linguist says he's "learning a language" it really means he spent the weekend with a grammar.
I know a linguist (Well, know him is stretching matters a bit...) who said that after years of study, he knows almost all there is to know about his wife's native language but still is not able to speak it.
I guess a linguist's purpose in studying a language differs from my purpose in learning Greek
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Postby annis » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:09 am

Bert wrote:I guess a linguist's purpose in studying a language differs from my purpose in learning Greek


Very often, yes.
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