An alternative theory, suggested by Eric P. Hamp, is that Phrygian was most closely related to Italo-Celtic languages. Inscriptions. The Phrygian epigraphical material is divided into two distinct subcorpora, Old Phrygian and New Phrygian. These attest different stages of the Phrygian language; are written with different alphabets and upon ...
Though specific Italo-Celtic innovations are few, the languages of this branch developed along parallel lines and preserved important traces of an original linguistic system which contained a wide variety of different formations with a considerable time depth. The material has too often been interpreted in terms of other languages.
- Frederik Kortlandt
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Phrygian provides in several respects the missing link between Greek and Armenian. In particular, the paradigms of the middle voice appear to have been more extensive than what we find in the separate languages. The archaic character of the Phrygian language is corroborated by the Indo-Iranian and Italo-Celtic evidence.
- Frederik Kortlandt
t. e. In historical linguistics, Italo-Celtic is a hypothetical grouping of the Italic and Celtic branches of the Indo-European language family on the basis of features shared by these two branches and no others. There is controversy about the causes of these similarities.
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The PIE laryngeals have syllabic and nonsyllabic reflexes in the separate languages, the former representing an epenthetic vowel that sometimes preserves the color of the laryngeal in Italo-Celtic (Schrijver 1991: 56-73), Graeco-Phrygian (Kortlandt 2016d: 250f.), and Armenian (Kortlandt 2003: 75-78).