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Posted: 22 May 2012 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]
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What did the ancient Romans call the language we call Latin?

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Posted: 23 May 2012 02:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Just latinus , rather than lingua latina?

With the number of othe languages - Etruscan, Oscan, etc - current in the Italian peninsula, it figures that the Romans must have needed a name for their own language pretty early on; they hadn’t the option of considering their own language as human speech and everything else as barbarian blah-blah-blah.

Talking of barbarian blah-blah-blah, I have been told that the root meaning of the Irish word for the English language, béarla, is, essentially, blah-blah-blah. Can anyone confirm or rebut this?

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Posted: 23 May 2012 04:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dave Wilton - 23 May 2012 02:28 AM

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Well that was unsurprising. :-)

Interesting that the language is named for (and I suppose was originally the language of) a tribe that the Romans beat.

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Posted: 23 May 2012 05:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Modern Irish béarla is from Old Irish bélre, derived from bél ‘mouth.’

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Posted: 23 May 2012 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Whereas blah-blah-blah is 20th century…

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‹‹ Bezique      call or name ››