Etruscana (was: some Proto-Quendic grammar)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 17, 2003, 6:39|
On Sunday, November 16, 2003, at 11:43 AM, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> Etruscan's relatives? Are there any languages known be related to
The language on the stele found on Lemnos bears strong structural
to Etruscans and is considered by many to be related.
(Must add a page on this to my website.)
Apart from that - no, there are no obvious links.
In 1925 Paul Kretschmer put forward a theory linking Etruscan to IE or, as
he called then, 'Indogermanisch'. According to him, the IE were descended
from 'Urindogermanisch' (i.e. what we now call PIE), which had a sister
language, 'Urrätotyrrhenisch' (Proto-Raet-Tyrrhenic) from which were
Raetian, Etruscan, and Pelasgic (the pre-Greek language of Greece) inter
Both Urindogermanisch & Urrätotyrrhenisch were, he said, descended from a
ancestor 'Protindogermanisch' - _not_ our PIE, but one generation back,
i.e. the Nostratic that some now theorize about.
I don't think anyone now adheres to Kretschmer's actual theory - but I'm
fairly certain there are still similar ideas about that link Etruscan with
with the IE of Anatolia (Hittite, Luwian etc) and/or with Nostratic.
Of course, inevitably, some have linked it with Basque' IIRC others hsve
links to the Dravidian langs; and I dare say someone, somewhere, somewhen
a link with most of earth's different language families. This seems to
common fate of language isolates.