I wasn’t expecting much when I visited the Illyrian language site (whose title bar reads “Who were Illyrians?”). It had all the earmarks of a crackpot site: bad English, shaky formatting, unsupported statements, uncertain grasp of the difference between myth and history. But when I scrolled down the (near-endless) page, I found (below the dynastic tables, king lists, “History of the Eagle,” &c) a heading Indo – European Etymological Dictionary. When I clicked on Part I, I discovered this was Pokorny’s Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, the basic tool of the Indo-Europeanist, in easily readable form.
The database represents the updated text of J. Pokorny’s “Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch”, scanned and recognized by George Starostin (Moscow), who has also added the meanings. The database was further refurnished and corrected by A. Lubotsky. Pokorny’s text is given practically unchanged (only a few obvious typos were corrected), except for some rearrangement of the material.
(It’s supposedly online here, but the interface is so annoying I never bother using it.) Additional material is highlighted in vivid yellow so that it can be distinguished; I don’t know who wrote it, but I suspect the author of the website (“An impact of illyr. on balt. languages has been felt through Estonian veli ‘brother’, Finnish veli ‘brother’. Clearly the Finno-Ugric group has met with Indo European family through Illyrians“). I can’t tell you how happy this resource makes me.
To save us all trouble, I’ll provide direct links to the sections of Pokorny so nobody has to keep scrolling down the Illyrian page:
Part I (*abh- to *dens-)
Part II (*deph- to *gou̯ǝ-/gū- ‘hand’)
Part III: *gou̯ǝ-/gū- ‘call, cry’ to *k̂ē(i)-)
Part IV: (*k̂ēko- to *pid-)
Part V: (*pik(h)o- to *su̯elplo-s)
Part VI: (*su̯em- to *ū̆d-, plus a few additional lemmas)
A sample of the website’s style:
Illyrian could be one of the oldest written Indo European languages. The rise of Illyrian civilization corresponds to the sudden vanquishing of Hittite civilization in adjacent Anatolia. The first Illyrian king Hyllus was identified with alb. hyll ‘star, sun’, gr. ????? (helios) ‘sun. etc. The dead ruler was certainly deified as all ancient kings were turned into gods. His appellation meant ‘the rising sun’. The closest language to Illyrian seems to have been Hittite. The settlers of Anatolia spoke a similar language to that of Balkan neighbors. Hittite people also practiced the process of deification of their kings the same as Illyrians did. Obviously the sun god played a dominant role among settlers of cold Europe. Stonehenge monuments littering Europe indicate that Illyrians and Celts together with Hittite people worshipped the sun more than any other god. The rising sun gave Illyrian and Hittite priestly class the inspiration of a quick resurrection after death. This is the reason why Christianity would be so popular among Illyrians several millennia later. The vehicle of the resurrection was considered to be the all seeing-eye, the sun god. Hittites must have penetrated the Balkan Peninsula through Greece. So powerful was the temptation of sun worship that the ruling class of Greek states began to call themselves ????????? (Helenikos) after the sun god. The entire country was called then ?????? (Hellada) and the Greeks ?????????; ?????; ????????; ???????; ???????? (Helens).
You see my point.