Re: [tied] When Germani?

From: Christopher Gwinn
Message: 9029
Date: 2001-09-04

Torsten writes:
>BTW How can Sequani be p-Celtic?

We have documents from their territory that prove they spoke a P-Celtic
dialect. One should be aware that the presence of a -qu- in Gaulish words
does _not_ indicate a Q-Celtic dialect _unless_ that -qu- is the outcome of
a PIE -kw-. The simply fact is, Gaulish employed -qu- to represent the
combination of -co- + -u-. For example, the Gaulish ethnic name Quariates is
very likely for *Co-uariates (with Co- from PIE kom- "together/with/co-").
This means that Sequana may be from *seko-uana (note Gallo-Brittonic uan-

Another possible use of -qu- in Gaulish is simply as an alternate spelling
for -cu- (as we see in the Calendar of Coligny, where Cutios can be written
Qutios or even Gutios). In this case, the root of Sequana may simply be a
u-stem *secu- + the suffix -ana.

- Chris Gwinn

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