Lecture 'DLLD#2: Ancient Etruscan – deciphering an unknown language'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
27-04-2017 from 16:09 to 16:09
Where
Auditorium A, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Internationalisation@Home - Vakgroep Taalkunde (LW06)/Dept. of Linguistics
Contact
claudia.crocco@ugent.be
Website
http://www.dlld.ugent.be/27-april-2017-james-clackson-cambridge-ancient-etruscan-deciphering-an-unknown-language/
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The language of the Ancient Etruscans is recorded in around 10,000 inscriptions, mainly from Italy but also from North Africa and the south of France. It is unrelated to any known language, and there are very few bilingual texts, but even so most of the short Etruscan inscriptions can be read and interpreted with confidence. In this talk I shall show how scholars have worked out Etruscan grammar, and also explore what the Etruscan texts can tell us about language contact and language change in Ancient Italy.