IE and Etruscan

Rick Mc Callister rmccalli at sunmuw1.MUW.Edu
Thu Feb 25 00:58:16 UTC 1999

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>>Etruscan is non-Indo-European.  Hell, we can't even read it!

>Oh, but we can! There is general agreement on the values of the letters and a
>large proportion of the inscriptions can be translated without much
>The trouble is most of them are run of the mill funerary or votive
>inscriptions, so it's not an ideal corpus to work with. We don't have a
>complete idea of the grammar and there are a lot of hapax legomena.

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There are also words in Latin said to be of Etruscan origin [e.g. satelles,
persona, etc.] as well non-IE substrate common to Latin & Greek that may
from Etruscan and/or a congener [I think form-/morph- are among them]

Rick Mc Callister
Columbus MS 39701
rmccalli at

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