Michael Weiss of Cornell University has put online (at his homepage) an Outline of the Comparative Grammar of Latin:
My goal in putting together this outline is modest. I hope to provide the English-speaking/reading student with an up-to-date, reliable, introduction to the historical and comparative phonology and morphology of Latin… The outline is divided into 41 lessons of 5 to 10 pages in length. With a moderate amount of haste, the whole course may be completed in one semester.
I encourage anyone to download these outlines for teaching or learning purposes. They are obviously not intended as works of scholarship and should not be quoted as such. Comments, and corrections, which will be appreciated, may be sent to email@example.com
It’s unfortunate that the chapters are in pdf format (which makes them annoying to access and impossible to quote easily), but I understand the reason: when you’re using lots of Greek and other specialized type, it’s best not to risk the vagaries of HTML. Anyway, it’s an invaluable resource and worth the slight effort. To give just one example of the riches contained within, the chapter on Etruscan (pdf) has a nice detailed analysis of a bilingual inscription, with scrupulous descriptions of alternate views.
There are the usual errors endemic to unedited text; from the “Stress Laryngeal” chapter (pdf):
“the accent system was fundamental transformed”
“There is only one change, which may require…” (for “change that”)
“the Grammarian prescribe that”
But I’m sure over time these, as well as whatever other problems may be lurking, will be weeded out.
(Via Uncle Jazzbeau’s Gallimaufrey.)