Lepontic is an extinct Continental Celtic language once spoken in parts of Rhaetia and Cisalpine Gaul (now northern Italy) between about 550 and 100 BC. Lepontic is considered by some scholars to be a form of Cisapline Gaulish/Celtic and a dialect of Gaulish. Others, such as M. Lejeune, believe that is was a distinct Continental Celtic language.
Lepontic was displaced first by Gaulish after Gaulish tribes settled in the area where it was spoken, and then by Latin after the Romans took control of that area during the late 2nd and 1st century BC.
Lepontic was the first Celtic language to be written, and inscriptions in Lepontic have been found in around Lugano in Switzerland, and in the areas around Lake Como and Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. They appear on monuments, coins, cups, pots, and other objects. Most are in the Lepontic or Lugano alphabet, others are in the Latin alphabet. The Lepontic alphabet was derived from the Etruscan alphabet
Note: the pronuciation of Lepontic is uncertain.
CAMPO · QUEM
DEDIT · ACISIUS
ECUS · COMUNEM
DEIS · ET · HOMINIB
US · ITA · UTI · LAPID(ES)
IIII · STATUTI · SUNT
AKISIOS : ARKATOKOK
MATEREKOS : TOŚO
KOTE : ATOM : TEUOχ
TOM : KONEU
Note: the first part of this in Latin. The second part from AKISIOS is in Lepontic
Information about Lepontic
Lexicon Leponticum - a collection of Lepontic inscriptions
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