Re: Romance or Romanic?
|From:||Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 9, 1999, 18:16|
On Mon, 9 Aug 1999, R G Roberts wrote:
> I see references constantly being made to the "Romance" languages and I
> know this is traditional but wouldn't "Romanic" be a more apt expression
> nowadays? "Romance" is English means something completely differnt
> meaning but "Romanic" properly reflects the fact that they are derived
> from the dialects *based on Roman* spoken in different parts of the then
> Roman Empire. And, incidentally, of course, there were other Italic
> languages e.g. Lepotic which were eclipsed by the rising tide of the
> Roman language and all the Italic languages - Roman included - go back
> to the Celto-Italic group of languages from which they all originated.
> Does anyone have any knowledge of these other Italic languages and the
> extent to which they varied from Roman by any chance? It woud be
I've read that Lepontic is Celtic, but can't verify. I've only ever been
able to find one short text: Lathumarui Saphsuthaipe uinom Nashom, which
was given the translation Naxos wine for Latumaros and Sapsta.
I was taught that there was some kind of Italo-Celtic group as well; but
we didn't go into details. I was never sure if this was a "done deal" or
merely a theory.
> Richy Roberts