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A Grammar of Modern Indo-European, Prometheus Edition: Proto-Indo-European grammar & dictionary with reference to 'Engineer' language of Prometheus/Alien/Predator universe Paperback – October 4, 2012
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Carlos Quiles (Badajoz, 1981), awarded best Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the four-year Baccalaureate (1995-1999), second in the Extraordinary Baccalaureate Awards of Extremadura (1999), studied the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Economics (BEc), and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees at the Carlos III University of Madrid (1999-2005). He was awarded a scholarship for the best CGPA of the Faculty of Social and Juridical Sciences (2001) to study in the Middlebury College German School intensive immersion program (Advanced Grammar, Modern Literature, Culture and Society). He spent an academic year (2001-2002) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, studying BEc and BBA, as well as courses in French (French Law, History and Culture studies). He published some conventional proposals and dictionaries on Astur-Leonese and Galician-Portuguese dialects. He studied the Licentiate degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Extremadura (2007-2010), and is currently resident in Orthopaedic Surgery. He leads the specialised language centre Biblos Idiomas in Badajoz, and speaks English, French, German, and Russian, understands Arabic. Fernando López-Menchero (Madrid, 1975), studied Civil Engineering (1993-1999) in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de Madrid (ETSICCP), in the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), and in the Technical University of Munich (TUM), obtaining the double degree from ETSICCP (cum laude) and ENPC. He pursued studies in Latin, Greek, Indo-European Languages, culture from the Classics and Archaeology (2000-2005), obtaining the degree in Classical Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He obtained the MSc. in Public Administration (2008-2009) from the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (attached to the UCM). Most of his professional career has been involved in the road sector in the Spanish Ministry of Fomento, where he works as a head of service. He has worked in Germany (1997-1998), France (2005-2006), Luxemburg (2006), Belgium (2008) and Poland (2011) in the framework of different international programmes. He is presently participating in the VII Bellevue Programme (2010-2011) of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Warsaw. He also loves programming, especially in Fortran and Visualbasic. He speaks French with bilingual proficiency, speaks German, English, Italian, and Polish.
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If you play close attention to the title of the book, you will notice it specifies that what's inside is "Modern" Indo-European, as opposed to what you're probably used to hearing about, which is "Proto-" Indo-European. This terminology change is merely to clarify that what's really being done with reconstructing a PIE is that because it's mostly logical analysis and extrapolation by which we construct a likely ancient language from the linguistic ashes of today, in all honesty what's really being "discovered" is more a creation process within our modern age, than anything else. In a very real sense, "Proto"-Indo-European is a modern creation -- hence "Modern Indo-European", just to set the record straight.
This is a cool book. If you're into this sort of thing, you won't be disappointed.