TR, who sent me the link, wrote:

This doesn’t seem to have been mentioned on the blog, but the Linguistics Department at the University of Göttingen has put together what looks like a veritable treasure trove of online lectures digging deep into the grammars and histories of twelve early IE languages, presented by an all-star team of scholars including at least one occasional commenter at the Hattery. I have yet to dive in, but it looks very much worth exploring.

It sure does! Their About section reads:

Indo-European Linguistics has produced a wealth of knowledge about the grammars of Ancient Indo-European languages, which has substantially advanced our understanding of the history of language and the human past in general. Since this knowledge is scattered over thousands of scientific publications of the past two centuries (and ongoing), access to these languages and their fascinating features and histories is reserved to specialists. The aim of this project is to help unearth this treasure and to present it to a wider audience in an easily accessible and up-to-date form. In line with this vision, a team of experts on Indo-European languages from all over the world offers courses introducing twelve of the most important Indo-European languages and their grammars.

The list of topics and lecturers is at the link; Old Albanian, for instance, is presented by Michiel de Vaan and Brian Joseph. Thanks, TR!


  1. There are sibling sites that aren’t as far along but follow a similar approach:

  2. This is fantastisch! No SOGDIAN yet, apparently, but I’m hoping!
    Thank you & Danke schön, U of G!!

  3. John Cowan says

    including at least one occasional commenter at the Hattery

    Who would that be (by either name or nym)?

  4. I wondered myself!

  5. David Eddyshaw says

    Nelson Goering is in there (under People: Gothic.)

  6. Ah, of course. Well spotted.

  7. Jen in Edinburgh says

    I used to know several People: Gothic, and even bought a black leather coat, but I could never really get into the music…

  8. J.W. Brewer says

    @JeninEd: My only advice is not to get faked out by the false ending around 2:54.

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