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date: 05 July 2020

Etruscan language 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

The Etruscan language is no longer obscure and mysterious, even if there are still large gaps in our knowledge of its grammar and lexicon and in our understanding of the texts—larger than is the case with other languages of comparable attestation. For access to Etruscan is made harder by its genealogical isolation. The only language that has so far been shown to be ‘related’ to Etruscan, i.e. to be descended from a common source, is the pre‐Greek idiom of Lemnos, and the evidence even for this is limited to just a few texts. It may at best provide some support for the Lydian claim reported by ... ...

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