|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 12:18|
This, I suppose, is of most interest to LLL types, but I thought I'd share
it with everybody.
Until at least the first century AD, Greek was spoken more frequently than
Latin in southern Italy (Magna Graeca) I don't know when its use died out,
but I imagine that it may have been due to the fall of the Western Empire
severing ties between Italy and Greece. Suppose its use had continued in
isolated villages to the present day, and it had undergone Latin to Italian
type sound changes. What might the result have been?