In the process of ferreting out which languages were part of the Indo-European family and which were not, some interesting nuggets emerge
In 1786, an English judge then resident in Calcutta, Sir William Jones delivered a speech to the members of the "Asiatick Society", an institution that had been founded by him and a few other like-minded souls in January 1784 with a view to studying Asia and "whatever is performed by man or produced by nature (there)". While undoubtedly complicit in the British colonial project, the society nevertheless produced a vast array of scholarship about various aspects relating to Asian culture.
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