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The language is attested by over 200 short inscriptions dating between the 5th century BC and 1st century. It became extinct around the 1st century when the local inhabitants were assimilated into the Roman sphere.
Venetic should not be confused with Venetian, a Romance language presently spoken in that region.
The exact relationship of Venetic to other Indo-European languages is still being investigated, but the majority of scholars agree that Venetic was closest to the Italic languages (a group that includes Latin and Umbrian). Venetic may also have been close to the Illyrian languages.
Venetic had about six or even seven noun cases and four conjugations (similar to Latin). About 600 words are known, but many were borrowed from Latin or Etruscan. Many of them show a clear Indo-European origin, such as fraterei < PIE *bhraterei = to the brother.
- Venetic: mego donasto sainatei reitiai porai egeotora aimoi ke louderobos
- Latin (literal): me donavit sanatrici Reitiae bonae Egetora pro-Aemo que liberis
- English: Egetora gave me to Good Reitia the Healer on behalf of Aemus and the children
- Venetic from Voices of Stone site.
- The enigma of the Venetic script
- Venetic inscription index by Adolfo Zavaroni.
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