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Re: Etruscana (was: some Proto-Quendic grammar)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, November 22, 2003, 19:39
On Friday, November 21, 2003, at 08:07 PM, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> At 19:56 21.11.2003, Ray Brown wrote: > >> All the evidence I've seen so far points IMO to its being a language >> isolate. > > What about "Lemnian" then?
OK - Etrusco-Lemnian is an isolate group, possibly. We have AFAIK just the one stele from Lemnos. The language of the inscription does have some structural resemblances to Etruscan and one can make some fuzzy sense of it using what we know of Etruscan. Certainly, it seems reasonable to consider the languages related; but it would help if we discovered other inscriptions on the island that could confirm this. But what I meant is that none of the wider relationships proposed so far have IMO sufficient evidence. It is probable that Etrusco-Lemnian did have other connexions (as, I guess, did Basque once have) - it's just that we cannot establish them with any certainty. So IMO this group remains an isolate. But I've just come across an article by R.S.P. Beekes. I haven't had time to read it yet. Who knows? Perhaps he can shed some light :) Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================