Gaulish was an ancient Celtic language that was spoken in parts of Continental Europe before and during the period of the Roman Empire. In the narrow sense, Gaulish was the language spoken by the Celtic inhabitants of Gaul (modern-day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, most of Switzerland, Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine).
The Gaulish language is thought to have survived into the 6th century in France, despite considerable Romanization of the local material culture. The last record of spoken Gaulish deemed to be plausibly credible  concerned the destruction by Christians of a pagan shrine in Auvergne "called Vasso Galatae in the Gallic tongue". 
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The Gauls were a group of Celtic peoples of Continental Europe in the Iron Age and the Roman period. The area they originally inhabited was known as Gaul. Their Gaulish language forms the main branch of the Continental Celtic languages. The Gauls emerged around the 5th century BC as the bearers of La Tène culture north of the Alps. By the 4th century BC, they had expanded over much of what is now France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic ...
"Gaulish language, ancient Celtic language or languages spoken in western and central Europe and Asia Minor before about 500. Gaulish is attested by inscriptions from France and northern Italy and by names occurring in classical literature.
The Gaulish language, and presumably its many dialects and closely allied sister languages, left a few hundred words in French and many more in nearby Romance languages, i.e. Franco-Provençal (Eastern France and Western Switzerland), Occitan (Southern France), Catalan, Romansch, Gallo-Italian (Northern Italy), and many of the regional languages of northern France and Belgium collectively known as langues d'oïl (e.g. Walloon, Norman, Gallo, Picard, Bourguignon, and Poitevin ).FrenchCognatesEtymologyPossible Celtic Cognatesaller 'to go'FrProv alâ, allar, Friul lâGaul * alluWelsh êl 'that he may go', eled 'go!', ...alose 'shad'Occitan alausa, Prov alauso, La Rochelle ...Gaul alausa 'allis shad'nonealouette 'lark'Walloon alôye, Prov alauza, alauseta, Cat ...Old French aloe, aloue, fr Latin alauda ...OIr elu 'swan', Irish/Scottish eala ...ambassade 'embassy'Prov embeissado, Occ ambaissada, Port ...From Ital ambasciata 'charge, mission, ...OIr amos, amsach 'mercenary, servant', Ir ...
The Celtic heritage also continued in the spoken language (see History of French). Gaulish spelling and pronunciation of Latin are apparent in several 5th century poets and transcribers of popular farces. The last pockets of Gaulish speakers appear to have lingered until the 6th or 7th century.
Cisalpine Gaulish. Language. Watch. Edit. The Celtic Cisalpine Gaulish inscriptions are frequently combined with the Lepontic inscriptions under the term Celtic language remains in northern Italy. While it is possible that the Lepontians were autochthonous to northern Italy since the end of the 2nd millennium BC, it is well-known that the Gauls invaded the regions north of the river Po in several waves since the 5th century BC.
The name Vercingetorix derives from the Gaulish ver-("over, superior" – an etymological cognate of Cornish gor-, Irish for-, more distantly English over, German über, Latin super, or Greek hyper), cingeto-("warrior", related to roots meaning "tread, step, walk", so possibly "infantry"; compare Old Irish cingid), and rix ("king") (cf. Welsh rhi, Latin rex), thus literally either "great warrior king" or "king of great warriors".
Gallo was originally spoken in the Marches of Neustria, an area now corresponding to the border lands between Brittany, Normandy, and Maine. Gallo was a shared spoken language among many of those who took part in the Norman conquest of England, most of whom originated in Upper Brittany and Lower Normandy, and thus had its part, together with the much bigger role played by the Norman language, in the development of the Anglo-Norman variety of French which would have such a strong influence on Eng
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