> From: David Stifter [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> The stem kelto- "Celt (?)" was in use in Gaul as well, as can be
> seen from the personal name Celtillus "Little Celt" (grandfather (?)
> of Vercingetorix), and from a late source, Dialogi de Vita Martini I,
> 26 of Sulpicius Seuerus (ca. 400 AD), where two latinised Gauls
> are talking and one says to the other "uel Celtice aut si mauis
> Gallice loquere dummodo Martinum loquaris" "speak Celtic or, if
> you prefer it, Gaulish, [sc. and not Latin] as long as you talk about
> Martin". The question is whether this words refer to a still extant
> Celtic tongue of Gaul at that time, or if they refer to a vulgar
> pronounciation of Latin, typical for the peasants of Gaul. Anyway,
> they show that a self-designation "Celt" (whatever it meant
> specifically) did exist in Gaul.
Thank you, David, I stand corrected. But I wonder about the origin
of the term: was this a term imposed from outside?
And what about the idea that Keltoi was a mispronunication of
Galatae or such?