'Vicus ad aquam': Le origini del toponimo 'Squaneto'

Translated title of the contribution: 'Vicus ad aquam': The Origins of the Place-Name 'Squaneto'


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The contribution proposes to reconstruct the etymology of the place name 'Squaneto' on the basis of the root *akw- in the context of Indo-European water roots involved in the formation of many place names in Northern Italy. An experimental reconstruction *s-akwa-n-eto = *S-qua-n-etum, dating back to the common Indo-European stage, is the result of this etymological process. The toponymic etymology is strengthened by the comparison of 'Squaneto' with the possibly related place names 'Squagiato' and 'Saquana'. The work analyzes also other toponyms from the area between Southern Piedmont and Liguria, inherently in other roots linked to the notion of 'water', like Pre-IE *borm- (> *bormo), Pre-Proto-IE *alb- (*olb-), IE *war- (*uar-), Proto-IE *kar- (*kal-, 'stone carved by water'), and IE *wond- / *und-. The chapter is also an epistemological application of the so-called New Convergence Theory (NCT).
Translated title of the contribution'Vicus ad aquam': The Origins of the Place-Name 'Squaneto'
Original languageItalian
Title of host publication'Squaneto'
Subtitle of host publicationAppunti di storia, arte e cultura - Atti della Giornata di Studi in memoria di Don Angelo Siri (Squaneto, 26 Luglio 2011)
EditorsElisa CAMERA
Place of PublicationAcqui Terme (AL), Italy
PublisherEditrice Impressioni Grafiche
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9788861950863
ISBN (Print) 88-6195-086-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Publication series

NameStoria, Arte, Territorio
PublisherEditrice Impressioni Grafiche


  • Squaneto
  • Proto-Indo-European
  • Vicus ad aquam
  • Toponymy
  • Toponomastics


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