Hispano-Celtic languages

Hispano-Celtic Languages

Hispano-Celtic languages

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Hispano-Celtic is a hypernym to include all the linguistic varieties of Celtic spoken in the Iberian Peninsula before the arrival of the Romans (in c. 218 BC, during the Second Punic War):

  • a more easterly, inland language attested at a relatively late date in the extensive corpus of Celtiberian proposed to name northeastern Hispano-Celtic, has long been synonymous with the term Hispano-Celtic and is universally accepted as a Celtic language.

  • a more westerly variety of the Atlantic zone (to the west of an imaginary line running north-south and linking Oviedo and Mérida), where there is a corpus of Latin inscriptions containing some linguistic features that are clearly Celtic (Gallaecian). To this more meagrely attested variety, which Cólera proposed to name northwestern Hispano-Celtic, could possibly be added earlier inscriptions on stelae from the southwest of the Peninsula which some researchers believe they represent a Celtic language (Tartessian). This widespread material is likely to represent more than one dialect, for example, numerous examples of genitives plural in -um and -on, as well as -un, and there is at least one inscription with the datives plural in......
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