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Attestation: NM·13 (prikou) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg.
Stem Class: on

Morphemic Analysis: brīg (?)
Phonemic Analysis: /brīgū/ (?)
Meaning: 'Prikou' (?)


Lejeune 1971: 129 assumes that prikou is an abbreviation of a compound personal name with first element brīg- and a second element starting in ° (cf. brigouix CIL V 4710). Final -ou is more likely, however, to reflect the on-stem nominative singular ending (see the inscription page and cf. Marinetti & Prosdocimi 1994: 44), in which case prikou is a hypocorism of a compound in brīg-brigo is not attested, but cf. the coin legend RIG M-76 brico (with ⟨c⟩ for /g/, cf. KGP: 100, unless from briccos 'spotted', see DLG: 86, De Bernardo Stempel 1999: 513). See also Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 162.

Corinna Salomon


CIL Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (17 volumes, various supplements)
De Bernardo Stempel 1999 Patrizia De Bernardo Stempel, Nominale Wortbildung des älteren Irischen. Stammbildung und Derivation [= Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 15], Tübingen: Niemeyer 1999.
DLG Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise. Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, 2nd, revised edition, Paris: Errance 2003.