from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extinct Indo-European language known from short inscriptions in Veneto dating from the sixth to the first centuries B.C. and possibly belonging to the Italic branch.
- adj. Of or relating to Venetic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to the Veneti people, their language or culture
- proper n. An extinct Indo-European language that was spoken in ancient times by the Veneti tribe in the North-Italian Veneto and modern Slovenia, between the Po River delta and the southern fringe of the Alps. It should not be confused with Venetian, a Romance language presently spoken in the same region.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Veneti, or to the Venetians.
Apart from the more recently discovered branches, there are also a number of weakly attested languages, including Venetic, Messapic, Illyrian, Thracian, and Phrygian.
Taking this for granted, it interests me that the first languages to greet Etrusco-Rhaetic would have to be Venetic, North Picene, and Umbrian.
For example, we could take Etruscan ais 'god' to be a very early Italic loanword, perhaps from Umbrian, yet there is also Venetic aisu- 'god' to ponder on.
This theory would then presuppose something like Venetic *kaubitos 'head'.
In the latter case, there's an attested potential intermediary in Venetic ahsu sometimes transliterated aisu because of the similarity between "h" and "i" in Venetic script in inscriptions Gt 1 and Gt 2.
However this Venetic verb is tempting to link to the Etruscan look-alike, isn't it?
The Venetic verb is often cited by Indo-Europeanists as an example of a mediopassive relic in -r- with connections to Italic and Anatolian branches.
Paleoglot: Etruscan tular and a Venetic look-alike skip to main
Lately, being more focused on the obscure, ancient Northern Italian languages previously mentioned, I've noticed a Venetic verb variously spelled toler, tolar or tuler, and translated as a 3ps form of 'to bring'.
Some also consider Venetic merely a part of the Italic branch making the topic a little confusing.