Languages

North Picene

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Introduction

North Picene is an extinct language of eastern Italy that is known from a number of inscriptions dating from the 1st millennium BC, mostly from Picenum. It is written in a form of the Old Italic alphabet. While its texts are easily transliterated, not a single word has been translated so far; for this reason, it is generally assumed not to be an Indo-European language (in contrast to South Picene, which has been identified as an Italic language).

The Verb

Sample

 mimniś erút gaareśtadeś
 rotnem úvlin parten úś
 polem iśairon tet
 šút tratneśi krúš
 tenag trút ipiem rotneš
 lútúiś θalú iśperion vúl
 teś rotem teu aiten taśúr
 śoter merpon kalatne
 niś vilatoś paten arn
 úiś baleśtenag andś et
 šút lakút treten teletaú
 nem polem tiśú śotriś eúś

Verb:

  • mimniś (Lat. men-) 'mind, remember'

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