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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 > interesting.
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. Padraic.
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