Margaret M. T. Watmough

Studies in the Etruscan Loanwords in Latin

1997, cm 19 x 27,5, 152 pp.

ISBN: 9788822245380

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Against the background of the two-way lexical traffic between Etruscan and the Indo-European languages of archaic Central Italy, this work comprises case studies for lexical borrowings from Etruscan into Latin. It employs structuralist methods of analysis and draws on recent advances in the understanding of Etruscan grammar and the interpretation of the longer Etruscan texts. In the absence of a plausible Indo-European etymology, each Latin word is examined in the light of the Etruscan lexicon, word formation and phonology. The meaning of the Etruscan source is discussed, and an attempt is made to clarify its transmission and naturalization in Latin.