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Le déchiffrement de l’étrusque. Histoire, problèmes et perspectives

= Article =
I. KLOCK-FONTANILLE, « Le déchiffrement de l’étrusque. Histoire, problèmes et perspectives », Res Antiquae 3, Bruxelles, 2006, p. 351-368.
The aim of this study is definitely not to give a mere account of the decipherment of the Etruscan language, but to establish a connection between the history of that decipherment, the problems which had to be faced, and the issues usually raised by any decipherment. Consequently we will endeavour to describe demonstration procedures, to try to understand why the decipherment has assumed this shape and form, to analyse the methods which prevailed during that decipherment and the reasons why they were doomed to failure. Finally, we will examine the question of bilinguals: we will begin with the role played by bilinguals in various decipherments; then we will try to understand the part played by the tablets of Pyrgi, which will enable us to wonder about the main purposes of any decipherment.
Actes de la Journée Langues rares
(Institut catholique de Paris, 18 novembre 2005) :
Langue étrusque et langues italiques
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