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
> 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
have some structural resemblances to Etruscan and one can make some fuzzy
of it using what we know of Etruscan. Certainly, it seems reasonable to
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
sufficient evidence. It is probable that Etrusco-Lemnian did have other
(as, I guess, did Basque once have) - it's just that we cannot establish
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 :)