- Language: Oscan
- Alternate names:
- Language code: osc
- Language family:
- Dialects: Marrucinian, Paelignian, Vestinian.
- Number of speakers:
Oscan, the language of the Osci, is in the Sabellic branch of the Italic language family, which is a branch of Indo-European. This now extinct language was spoken in Samnium and in Campania, as well as in Lucania, Ager Bruttius, and Abruzzo. Oscan is known from inscriptions beginning in the 5th century BC. Oscan was written in the Latin and Greek alphabets, as well as in a variety of the Old Italic alphabet.
Sample verb: ezum
Active, Indicative, Present:
- Buck, Carl D.. Elementarbuch der Oskisch-Umbrischen Dialekte. Sammlung Indogermanischer Lehrbücher. Carl Winter's Universitätsbuchhandlung. Heidelberg, Germany, 1905. [PDF]
- Baldi, Philip. The foundations of Latin. New York, 2002.