This book provides a grammatical description of the Sabellic languages of
ancient Italy, focusing on Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene. These
languages are attested through written documents (inscriptions incised on
stone, metal, and ceramic) that date from the 7th century BCE to the 1st
century AD. As a whole they form the most important group of languages
spoken on the Italian peninsula in the period before Roman expansion.
A general overview places these languages within their historical context
and describes their relationship to each other, to Latin, and to other
members of the Indo-European language family. The principal chapters of the
book treat phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexis. Also included is a
detailed description of the features of the alphabets in which the Sabellic
languages were written. A chapter on nomenclature describes the structure
of the onomastic system. The concluding chapter provides a detailed
word-by-word analysis of important inscriptions in each language.