Doroteia Cheeseman camelot at
Sat Mar 10 18:31:37 UTC 2001

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Dear Sirs

We are putting together a history of the Portuguese language. We would like
any information on the role of Indo- European languages in it's formation
(Pre- Latin)

If you have any suggestions please advise

Thank you



From: Rich Alderson <ALDERSON at>
To: <camelot at>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2001 10:07 PM

It is unclear from the question as asked what sort of information you are
looking for:  Portuguese is an Indo-European language, a member of the
Romance branch of the Italic sub-family.  Are you asking what *other*
Indo-European languages have influenced Portuguese in its development?
Or do you question the Indo-European lineage of the Portuguese language?

Is this for inclusion in a published work, or an academic paper?


From: "Doroteia Cheeseman" <camelot at>
To: "Rich Alderson" <ALDERSON at>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 17:12:04 -0300

Dear Mr Alderson

Sorry for the confusion of my original message.

We want to put together a video, that would trace Portuguese's history as far
back as possible.  We believe that this would entail looking at the Proto
Indo-European language.  I would be grateful if you could suggest someone we
could contact, who specialises in this area.  We hope to visit Armenia and
Italy for people to interview.

Thanks again


David Cheeseman

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