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The Latino-Faliscan languages are a group of languages spoken in Italy belonging to the Italic languages, a group of the Indo-European languages.

Latino-Faliscan
Latinian
Geographic
distribution
Originally Latium in Italy, at maximum extent as a living language, the borders of the Roman Empire
Linguistic classification Indo-European
Subdivisions
Glottolog lati1262[1]
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Latino-Faliscan languages and dialects in different shades of blue.

Latin and Faliscan belong to the group as well as two others often considered to be archaic Latin dialects: Lanuvian and Praenestine.

Latin eventually absorbed the others and replaced Faliscan as the power of Ancient Rome expanded. All members of the group other than Latin went extinct. Latin, in turn, developed into the Romance languages, which are now spoken by more than 800 million people worldwide.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Latino-Faliscan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.