[open-linguistics] List posting.

Gerard Cheshire Gerard.Cheshire at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Apr 11 10:24:26 UTC 2018

Hello Editor,

Please submit the following to your mailing list:

Dear Open-Linguistics members,
I am writing to let you know about a recent development in Romance linguistics that may be of interest to you.

In 2017 the writing system of a Medieval manuscript known as MS408 was revealed to be proto-Romance: i.e. the origin of Italian and the other Romance languages. In addition, it is written with a proto-Italic alphabet. It is the only known document of this kind and therefore has considerable linguistic importance.

Two papers have been issued, which explain the writing system and translate a number of excerpts as examples. They can be freely downloaded from the LingBuzz website.

  1.  Linguistic Missing Links: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003737
  2.  Linguistically Dating and Locating MS408: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/003808

Anyone interested in the evolution of the Romance languages should find the papers a worthwhile read and they may also be useful for the purposes of scholarly research.

Many thanks for your time.
Kindest regards,

Gerard E Cheshire.

University of Bristol.
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