• Pre-Samnite language

    Pre-Samnite language

    • Pre-Samnite
      Native to Italy
      Region Campania
      Era 5th–6th centuries BCE
      Language codes
      ISO 639-3 None (mis)
      Glottolog None

      Pre-Samnite was an ancient language spoken in southern Campania, in Italy. The name Pre-Samnite refers to the fact that the language was spoken in early times in an area that was later colonised by Samnites, who spoke Oscan. Pre-Samnite is recorded in a few short inscriptions dating from around 500 BC. The language belongs to the Sabellian group of languages, and may be closely related to Oscan, but shows a number of archaic features which were lost from Oscan. However, the material is too scanty to enable a precise determination of the relation of Pre-Samnite either to Oscan or to the other Sabellian languages.

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