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date: 18 January 2021

Elymian languagelocked

  • Benjamin Fortson

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The language of the Elymi in western Sicily, preserved in about 130 mostly fragmentary inscriptions in the Greek alphabet, primarily from Segesta, and dating probably from the 6th and 5th centuriesbce. The language is undeciphered but appears to be Indo-European, with datives in -ai (singular) and -b (plural), as well as a verbal first-person singular emi (“I am”) (unless this is borrowed from Greek).

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