sunalei

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Attestation: TI·37 (sunaḷei : makọ[) (1)
Language: perhaps Lepontic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories:

Case: dat.
Number: sg.
Gender: animate
Stem Class: i, cons. stem

Morphemic Analysis: sun-alei̯ Attention, needs to be checked!
Phonemic Analysis: sunalei̯
Meaning: "for the son of Sun(is)?"

Commentary

sun(n)-ali-, not as expected -alo- (patronymic suffix); cf. Sunicius, Sunilena ? (Lejeune 1971: 51, 52 fn. 131, 65 fn. 223, Motta 2000: 206, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 139, cf. Delamarre 2007: 175, 233) Ending -al see also ualaunal, tunal.

Bibliography

Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.
Lejeune 1971 Michel Lejeune, Lepontica, Paris: Société d'Édition "Les Belles Lettres" 1971. (reprint of the article "Documents gaulois et para-gaulois de Cisalpine", Études Celtiques 12/2, 1970-1, pp. 357-500)
Motta 2000 Filippo Motta, "La documentazione epigrafica e linguistica", in: Raffaele Carlo De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (Eds.), I Leponti tra mito e realtà, Locarno: Gruppo Archeologia Ticino 2000, 181–222.
Tibiletti Bruno 1978 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Ligure Leponzio e Gallico", in: Aldo Luigi Prosdocimi (Ed.), Lingue e dialetti dell'Italia antica [= Popoli e civiltà dell'Italia antica 6/1], Roma: Biblioteca di Storia Patria 1978, 131-208.

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