An Etruscan solution to a Celtic problem

Counihan, Martin (2009) An Etruscan solution to a Celtic problem. In, "Edward Lhuyd" International Conference on Language, Literature, Antiquities and Science, Aberystwyth, UK, 30 Jun - 03 Jul 2009. 7pp.


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It is argued that what used to be called "P-Celtic" arose because Etruscans could not pronounce properly the Indo-European languages which they encountered in and around Italy. Etruscan influence can neatly explain not only the phenomenon of P-Celtic
but also the corresponding phonological transition in Oscan and Umbrian. This scenario tends to support a relatively short timescale for the dissemination and diversification of the Western Indo-European languages.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: etruscan, celtic, sabellic, gaulish, brittonic, welsh, p-celtic, q-celtic, linguistics, prehistory, proto-indo-european
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy
ePrint ID: 68726
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48

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