I thought I submitted a complementary post, but don't remember seeing it
on the net.
Gallia Cisalpina was Romanized at the end of the 1st century BC.
I proposed that the town has its name from Sanctus Martinus, born in
Pannonia, bishop of Tours, late Empire...
Just where is the town? What dialect is involved? There must be
documents, charters to consult before positing some Italo-Celtic link.
The <gn> digraph is etymolocical only in such as <agnello> 'lamb' <
<AGNVS>, not in <signore> < Latin <SENIOR>.
j p maher
Dennis King wrote:
> Ar 12:15 PM +0200 6/8/99, scríobh Christian Chiarcos:
> >If it was really Gallo-Roman, there would hardly be <gn> = [ñ].
> Not at the Gallo-Roman stage, of course. The "gn" is simply a
> spelling convention that came later to represent the ñ or ny sound:
> Martinus + iacum > Martiniacum > Martiniaco > Martignacco, Martignac
> The name might likely have meant "the Fundus* of Martinus".
> * farm, estate, bottom - bringing us back to the original proposal,
> sort of... ;-)
> Dennis King