• Language: Lepontic
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  • Language family: Indo-European
  • Number of speakers: Extinct
  • Script: Northern Italic


The Ligurian language was spoken in pre-Roman times and into the Roman era by an ancient people of north-western Italy and south-eastern France known as the Ligures. Very little is known about this language (mainly place names and personal names remain) which is generally believed to have been Indo-European; it appears to have shared many features with other Indo-European languages, primarily Celtic (Gaulish) and Italic (Latin and the Osco-Umbrian languages).

(See also: Ligure, a Romance language spoken in Italy)

The Verb

Lexical items

  1. asia (Lat. secāle) 'rye'
  2. biuo- (Lat. vīvus) 'living'
  3. bormo- (Lat. formus) 'warm'
  4. -giem- (Lat. hiems) 'winter'