I studied Indoeuropean and African linguistics at Vienna University
from 1980 to 1986. My thesis "Agglutinationstheoretische Beiträge
zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Flexionsendungen des Urindogermanischen"
was written in German. The work describes a model of an early stage of
Proto-Indoeuropean which is assumed to have been an ergative type language
with a non sex-based gender system animate versus inanimate. I think that
it would be a pity if nobody discussed the ideas of this work because the
work is unknown. So I have decided to publish a shortened English version
of the work on the World Wibe Web to make it known and to start a discussion
of its main ideas.
Everyone is allowed to use parts of the work or even the whole work
for scientific purposes under the condition that this source is cited.
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Written by Hans-Joachim Alscher