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Attestation: BG·21 (riśoị) (1)
Status: unlikely
Language: prob. Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg. masc.
Stem Class: o

Morphemic Analysis: ?-os
Phonemic Analysis: /???os/
Meaning: 'Riśos'


See the inscription page for the unlikely reading.

If correct, riśos must be a masculine o-stem personal name in the nominative (Solinas 1995: 334, no. 36), but the analysis of the base is unclear; see the inscription page for the reading of san. Morandi 2004: 664 (no. 224) (also 2003: 132, no. 13; 2007: 299, no. 25) identifies the base as rīg- (rix-), but this is hardly possible, as /s/ is the nominative ending and cannot be present in a derivation. Stifter 2010: 371 presumes that Morandi thinks of a suffix (*rīg-so-), but no s-stems of the root or any comparable Gaulish onomastic forms are attested. These issues also concern Verger's (2001: 286) rig-s-i̯os. An etymology involving rit- plus a dental suffix would be more plausible orthographically (tau gallicum cluster), but is equally unattested – tau gallicum occurs only in the related base ret- (*-ret-to-, NIL: 576).

Corinna Salomon