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While trying to answer an etymological question, I was looking through several different online resources about Etruscan vocabulary. Annoyingly, although these resources use mostly the same transcription system, there are a few significant differences.

Specifically, some sources use «th ph kh» for 𐌈 𐌘 𐌙, while others use Greek «θ φ χ» (sometimes substituting Latin «þ» and «x»). And some seem to mix the two styles: Wikipedia "Etruscan language" mentions both zilaχ and zilath as words for "praetor".

When a source uses both digraphs and Greek letters for the Etruscan aspirates, is there a reason for this? For instance, do inscriptions distinguish between 𐌈 «θ» and 𐌕𐌇 «th»? (If so, are there theories on what the distinction could mean phonologically?) Or is it just inconsistent editorial preference, like macrons on Latin vowels?

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    𐌈 𐌘 𐌙 is what you can find in the actual Etruscan texts but since it is time-consuming and typographically challenging, they are transliterated as Greek θ φ χ - cf. "Etruskische Buchstaben, die im lateinischen Alphabet fehlen, aber im griechischen Musteralphabet vorhanden waren, naemlich Theta, Chi und Phi transkribiert man griechlich" (Etruskische Texte, v. 1, p. 20). – Alex B. Feb 5 '17 at 23:11
  • a nice table books.google.com/… – Alex B. Feb 5 '17 at 23:22
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Searching through Glen Gordon's database of attested Etruscan word forms, I haven't found any instances of transcribed th (tau + eta), even as variants or hapaxes. This leads me to believe that it's just Wikipedia's inconsistent editing again, occasionally substituting digraphs for non-Latin letters without rhyme or reason.

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