Sorothaptic language

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Region Iberian peninsula
Ethnicity Urnfield culture
Era ca. 200 CE
  • (unclassified)
    • Sorothaptic
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ISO 639-3 sxo
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Sorothaptic (Spanish: sorotáptico, Catalan: sorotàptic, from Greek σορός sorós 'funerary urn' and θαπτός thaptós 'buried') is a name coined by Catalan scholar Joan Coromines for the hypothetical language of the presumably Indo-European, but pre-Celtic, Bronze Age people of the Urnfield culture in the Iberian Peninsula (Price 2000:449).

Coromines used the concept of Sorothaptic to explain problematic words in the Iberian Romance languages. He identified the language with inscriptions on lead tablets, ca. 2nd century CE, found at Amélie-les-Bains on the Catalonian–French border; these include some Latin but also a non-Latin and non-Celtic component that Coromines believed to be Sorothaptic.[1][2]


  1. ^ Coromines, 1976, Els ploms sorotàptics d'Arles, pp.142-216
  2. ^ Brill, 2008, p. 50


  • Glanville Price, editor. 2000. Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe.
  • Cancik, Schneider,& Salazar, eds. 2008. Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World. Brill.
  • Coromines, Joan. 1976. Entre dos llenguatges (II). Curial Edicions Catalanes.