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An Etruscan solution to a Celtic problem

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

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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.

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Published date: June 2009
Venue - Dates: "Edward Lhuyd" International Conference on Language, Literature, Antiquities and Science, 2009-06-30 - 2009-07-03
Keywords: etruscan, celtic, sabellic, gaulish, brittonic, welsh, p-celtic, q-celtic, linguistics, prehistory, proto-indo-european


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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:16

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Author: Martin Counihan

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