Lúsanic is the branch of Indo-European languages that includes the Finio-Dhannic and the Limbe-Mereian languages. All the Lúsanic languages are "centum" languages and have thus merged the inherited Indo-European palatal plosives with the plain ones. It is often mistakenly believed to have been named after the mythical place Lúsania which features frequently in many myths. In fact, its name derives from the earliest known exonym of Lúsanic speakers, the Greek Λουσανοι as described by Hecataeus of Miletus.
The attestation of each language varies strongly with some only known through indirect sources such as Mereian while Standard Modern Dhannuá is a language with its own regulating body. Some occupy a middle position like Finian which is both known through indirect references and some recovered votive offerings.
Its reconstructed proto-language can be found at the Proto-Lúsanic article.
|In western, central, and eastern Europe.