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Welcome to the homepage of the Linguistics Research Center! Founded in 1961, the Linguistics Research Center (LRC) provides linguistic resources for specialists and non-specialists alike. Over the last several years the LRC has worked to create a robust set of online materials dedicated to the most archaic members of the Indo-European language family, of which English is a member, and the cultures of which they formed a part. We provide these materials freely for public use.

Among the LRC's online offerings, Early Indo-European OnLine (EIEOL) provides a collection of lesson series serving as linguistic overviews of many of the most ancient Indo-European languages. These series strive to provide an introduction to the basic structures of the respective languages, highlight issues of scholarly debate, guide readers in the reading and analysis of texts, and situate the languages and their documents within their cultural and historical context. Series typically consist of 5-10 lessons, each lesson consisting of an introduction, a reading selection, and a discussion of grammatical points. The series assume no special knowledge of the languages or linguistics on the part of the reader.

The LRC also provides an online Indo-European Lexicon. This consists of a computer-generated, hand-edited collection of Indo-European roots and their reflexes in daughter languages. That is, it lists individual elements that have been reconstructed for the vocabulary of the parent language (Proto-Indo-European, or simply PIE) from which all of the Indo-European languages ultimately descend. Each vocabulary element, or root, receives its own page on which we list the descendants, or reflexes, of that root in the various daughter languages within the family.

The LRC has recently begun a new Research Cluster on Multilingualism and Society, which seeks to bring together a multitude of faculty and projects from across the UT campus in order to gain greater insights into the interaction of language and culture through collaborative inquiry.

The LRC continually seeks to amplify and improve its online materials. We therefore welcome user comments, suggestions, and inquiries.


Hans C. Boas

Director of the Linguistics Research Center

Hans C. Boas
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