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- n. See Sabellic.
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- adj. Of or relating to a group of languages of the Italic family of Indo-European languages, spoken in ancient times in central and southern Italy before Latin replaced them.
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- n. a group of dead languages of ancient Italy; they were displace by Latin
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One of his online articles deals with Etruscan grammar pdf which is natural considering that Etruscan studies overlap with Osco-Umbrian studies.
When I say this in your quote, I'm simply suggesting that an Osco-Umbrian version of the name would provide a more direct source than Latin.
In the historical period the Apennines were inhabited by Sabellian peoples who spoke a variety of Osco-Umbrian languages and who periodically raided and sometimes conquered the fertile plains around them.
The wide diffusion of Indo-European tonguesLatin, Osco-Umbrian, Venetic, and Messapianspoken in Italy at the beginning of the historical period, together with the general continuity of prehistoric cultures attested by archaeology, show that the introduction of Indo-European languages into Italy was a long and complicated process stretching back to the late Neolithic age.