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Language families and language contact: Latin, Sabellian and Greek

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This talk will focus on Indo-European (IE) languages spoken in Italy in the first millennium BCE ; Latin and Greek, known from surviving literary texts and inscriptions, are much better understood than the Sabellian languages, which are only attested epigraphically. Most scholars believe that the Sabellian languages form an IE subgroup together with Latin, on the basis of shared phonological and morphological innovations. In this talk I will examine these innovations and show that many, perhaps all, can be better explained through language contact.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Linguistic Society series.

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