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This map shows the regions of the world where Gaulish or Gallic was once spoken (red circle). Gaulish, along with Celtiberian and Lepontic, was part of the continental sub-branch of the Celtic branch of Indo-European languages. When Rome conquered these regions of Europe, Gaulish died out very early. We know very little about it. All that survive from Gaulish are a few inscriptions, one fragmentary text, a small number of words preserved in modern French, and some proper names like Orgetorix. No languages closely related to Gaulish survive today, but the insular Celtic languages are the next most closely related group. They include Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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