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Attestation: AO·3 (ụerkọu) (1)
Status: uncertain
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg. animate
Stem Class: on

Morphemic Analysis: u̯erg/k or u̯er-k
Phonemic Analysis: /erkū/ or /ergū
Meaning: 'Uerkou'


See the inscription page on the reading options.

Final -⟨ou⟩ is most likely a Greek-influenced spelling for the on-stem nom. sg. ending as in Gallo-Greek (cf. Marinetti & Prosdocimi 1994: 44 f.), unless it reflects an actual diphthongisation of to -ou̯; an orthographic compromise between the vernacular ending and the Latinised ending may also be possible – cf. the coin legends NM·9 anatikou and NM·13 prikou for further discussion. For the etymology of the base u̯erk-, cf. uerkalai.

Corinna Salomon