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 Message 9 of 10
11 January 2010 at 9:12pm | IP Logged 
Po-ru wrote:
You just can't go to a book store and find material to become fluent in them.

No, a better place to look is a university library, if there's a university in your town.

Arguelles is a career academic so has always had access to these.
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11 January 2010 at 9:36pm | IP Logged 
If you're interested in dead languages, a good place to start for free, out of print resources is

Search for "Old Norse," "Anglo-Saxon," "Gothic" and "Sanskrit" (to pick just a few) and you'll find grammars and primers from the early 1900s when philology was still all the rage.

Also search for "Joseph Wright". He did a lot of stuff on English dialects (which you'll have to scroll by if you're not interested) but also primers for Gothic, Old High German, Middle High German and Old English, among other things.
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