Latino-Faliscan languages

language family

The Latino-Faliscan languages are a large branch of Italic languages. They were first spoken in what is now Italy. It is the only branch with languages still spoken. The only branch of Latino-Faliscan languages with languages still spoken is the Romance languages, which came from Latin. Latin was spread across Europe by the Roman Empire, and Latin then split into many branches over time. There were also at least three other Latino-Faliscan languages that are now extinct.[1][2]

Originally Latium in Italy, at maximum extent as a living language, throughout the Roman Empire, especially in western regions.
Linguistic classification:Indo-European
Proto-language:Proto-Latino-Faliscan (Praeneste fibula)
Faliscan (extinct)
Lanuvian (extinct)
Praenestinian (extinct)
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Latino-Faliscan languages and dialects in different shades of blue.


  1. Villar, Francisco (1997). Gli Indoeuropei e le origini dell'Europa [Indo-Europeans and the origins of Europe] (in Italian). Bologna, Il Mulino. ISBN 88-15-05708-0.
  2. Vineis, Edoardo (1995). "X. Latin". In Giacolone Ramat, Anna; Ramat, Paolo (eds.). Las lenguas indoeuropeas [The Indo-European languages] (in Spanish). Madrid: Cátedra. pp. 349–421. ISBN 84-376-1348-5.