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The Rediscovery of the Gaulish Language

Tadhg Gaelach

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2,000 years ago, the Celtic Gaulish language was spoken by millions of Europeans. It was, in fact, the main language of Central and Western Europe, being spoken all over what is now Germany, Switzerland, Northern Italy, Belgium and France. Like Welsh, it is a P-Celtic language. Irish and Celt-Iberian (spoken in Spain and Portugal) are C-Celtic languages.

Gaulish went into terminal decline after the genocidal campaign of Julius Caesar, which he himself claimed killed one million Gauls and enslaved another million. Still, the language is said to have been spoken in various parts of Europe for another five hundred years or more before becoming extinct.


Today, there has been a resurgence of interest in Gaulish, as many French people in particular seek to return to their roots, and a lot of work has been done on putting the language back together from inscriptions and by using words that are common to all Celtic languages.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idiEMOtI9ro
 
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