The first real advance towards their interpretation was made by Otfried Muller (Die Etrusker, 1828), who pointed out that though their alphabet was akin to the Etruscan their language was Italic. Lepsius, in his essay De tabulis Eugubinis (1833), finally determined the value of the Umbrian signs and the received order of the Tables, pointing out that those in Latin alphabet were the latest.
are in Umbrian character; the Latin alphabet is used in the Claverniur paragraph (V.
Soon after the dialect had reached its latest form, the Latin alphabet was adopted.
But conversion, after all, was the chief aim of these devoted missionaries, and when some Venetian priests had invented a Latin alphabet for the Magyar language a great step had been taken towards its accomplishment.
In some respects the value of the consonants varies from that usual in the Latin alphabet.