This site was created in the project P21706 "An interactive online etymological dictionary of Lepontic", funded by FWF – Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, the Austrian Science Fund, and directed by David Stifter. The initial funding ran from Sept. 1, 2009 until June 30, 2011. Additional funding was received in March 2012 from the Celtic Research Trust (Isle of Man), to continue work on the project for a few months during that year. In March 2020, work on Lexicon Leponticum continued as part of the two-year project CCeLL – Cisalpine Celtic Language and Literacy, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences through an APART fellowship to Corinna Salomon. On behalf of Lexicon Leponticum, David Stifter was part of the Management Committee of AELAW – Ancient European Languages and Writings, ISCH COST Action IS1407 supported by the European Union, active from April 13, 2015 to April 12, 2019.
The contributors are:
See the page The Project for further information about LexLep's history and objectives, as well as the print publications and presentations which resulted from the work on the database.
The website is still under construction and should be viewed and used as a beta-version. When finished, the website can be expected to host a multimedia lexicon of the remnants of Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish, the Celtic languages spoken in the first millennium BC in northern Italy and southern Switzerland. The heart of the lexicon are an edition of all objects bearing Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish inscriptions, and an etymological dictionary of the attested words.
You may also like to visit Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum, a related website for the remains of the Raetic language.
The data collected in LexLep will be incorporated in the Atlas of Ancient European Cultures created by the SELECT project.