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Italy, languages
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A. General

Pre-Roman Italian shows an astonishing linguistic variety, which is definable in terms of at least four Indo-European branches, namely the Italic branch ( Latin,  Faliscan,  Oscan-Umbrian,  Venetic), the Celtic branch ( Celtic languages:  Lepontic, Gaulish), the Messapian branch (Illyric?), and the Greek branch (see stemma). Indo-European languages of (as yet) unknown assignm…

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Meiser, Gerhard (Halle/Saale), “Italy, languages”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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