Languages

Gaulish

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Introduction

Gaulish or Gallic is the name given to the Celtic language that was spoken in Gaul before the Vulgar Latin of the late Roman Empire became dominant in Roman Gaul. According to Julius Caesar in his Gallic Wars it was one of three languages in Gaul, the others being Aquitanian? and Germanic. Gaulish is paraphyletically grouped with Celtiberian, Lepontic, and Galatian as Continental Celtic. The Lepontic language is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Gaulish. Gaulish is a P-Celtic language.

The Verb

Sample

 ateknati trutikni
 karnitu lokan koisis

 trutiknos

Translation: "Coisis [younger brother of Ategnatos], son of Drutos, built the tomb of Ategnatos, son of Drutos"

Verb:

  • karnitu; 3rd sg. preterite of verb kar- to construct with stone, to amass stones

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