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Much like Beekes' work on laryngeal reflexes in Greek Dec 2, 2005
Peter Schrijver's THE REFLEXES OF THE INDO-EUROPEAN LARYNGEALS IN LATIN is an application of the same organization of material used in Robert Beekes' earlier THE PROTO-INDO-EUROPEAN LARYNGEALS IN GREEK (Mouton, 1967): laryngeal at the beginning of work, in medial position, and at the end of the word, with various subcategories. If you know Beekes' work, you'll find your way around this very easily. In a novel twist, however, Schrijver uses evidence from Balto-Slavonic accentuation to determine whether a given etymon had a laryngeal in Proto-Indo-European.
Schrijver's goal is not to challenge the prevailing views concerning laryngeal theory, but rather to show that Latin gives no reason to revise the theory. He uses the most recent scholarship available (especially Beekes' 1985 work on nominal morphology). This is a worthy effort, and merits a place on the shelf of any Indo-Europeanist. The only complaint I have is the typesetting of the work, done on some kind of quaint word-processing system where page layout is too cluttered and the typeface always seems bold.