- n. Hypothetical prehistoric ancestor of all Italic languages, including Latin and its descendants, the Romance languages.
“Not only is this a likely vicinity for Proto-Italic, but hence also spread an impetus to the Nordic Bronze Age in the century to come as well as to the Lusatian culture area of the Venedi.”
“In favour of this opposing view is Carl Buck who refers to the un-Italic nature of the Umbrian term, concluding that it logically could only be borrowed from Latin, not inherited from Proto-Italic.”
“What exactly was the preform of this term in Proto-Italic that unproblematically accounts for both the Latin and Umbrian terms?”
“Umbrian vinuA standard view is monotonously common and yet not well proven, that Latin vīnum and Umbrian vinu were inherited via a Proto-Italic form ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wóino-1.”
“Given such weak evidence, I see no way to seriously justify a Proto-Italic deity *Māworts, let alone an Indo-European one.”
“Also it's only by the 2nd millenium BCE that Proto-Italic moves into Italy.”
“I wonder if this is related to the loss of short word-final vowels in "Pre-Latin" perhaps even Proto-Italic.”
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