Italic

Authored by: Rex Wallace

The Indo-European Languages

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415730624
eBook ISBN: 9781315678559
Adobe ISBN: 9781317391531

10.4324/9781315678559.pt6

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Abstract

As a linguistic term, “Italic” refers most commonly to a group of closely related Indo-European languages spoken throughout the Italian peninsula in the 1st millennium BCE (Map 6.1). The major language in this group, that is to say, the one for which there is a significant documentary corpus, is Latin. It is also the only Italic language – in fact the only language of ancient Italy, apart from Greek – that did not become extinct. The Romance languages, spoken today throughout Western Europe and the Americas, are its modern descendants.

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