An Introduction to the Celtic Languages

  title={An Introduction to the Celtic Languages},
  author={Paul S. Russell},
Part 1 The historical background to the Celtic languages: Celtic as an Indo-European language continental Celtic insular Celtic the distinctive features of Celtic languages the distinctive features of Goidelic and Brittonic the inter-relationship of the Celtic languages the Italo-Celtic hypothesis. Part 2 The Goidelic languages: the sources general features Scottish Gaelic and Manx developments. Part 3 Irish: types of Irish phonology the nominal system the verbal system syntax. Part 4 The… Expand
The Substratum in Insular Celtic
The discussion focuses on the problem of pre-Celtic substratum languages in the British Islands. The article by R. Matasović begins by dealing with the syntactic features of Insular Celtic languagesExpand
Celtic initial consonant mutations - nghath and bhfuil?
The Insular Celtic languages, such as Irish and Welsh, distinctively feature a morphophonemic process known as initial consonant mutation. Essentially the initial sound of a word changes due toExpand
Prepositional Possessive Constructions in Celtic Languages and Celtic Englishes
One of the often noted characteristic features of the Celtic languages is the absence of a singular verbal form with the meaning ‘to have’. The principal way of expressing possession is throughExpand
Aspects of the historical phonology of Manx
This thesis elucidates some of the hitherto poorly understood aspects of the diachronic development of Manx phonology. By tracing phonological changes from earlier varieties of Gaelic, and within theExpand
The typological position of Basque: then and now
Basque is the only surviving pre-Indo-European language in western Europe, and it is typologically very different from its Indo-European neighbors. Consequently, both genetic and typological maps ofExpand
Toward a phylogenetic chronology of ancient Gaulish, Celtic, and Indo-European
  • P. Forster, A. Tóth
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2003
The phylogenetic network reveals an early split of Celtic within Indo-European, and suggests that the Celtic language arrived in the British Isles as a single wave (and then differentiated locally), rather than in the traditional two-wave scenario. Expand
Mind Your P's and Q's: Revisiting the Insular Celtic hypothesis through working towards an original phonetic reconstruction of Insular Celtic
Mac, mac, mac, mab, mab, maball mean 'son', inis, innis, hinjey, enez, ynys, enys all mean 'island.' Anyone can see the similarities within these two cognate sets· from orthographic similarity alone.Expand
Traces of historical infinitive in English dialects and their Celtic connections1
A number of nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century dialect descriptions refer to an unusual adverb + infinitive construction in southwestern and west Midlands dialects of English. TheExpand
Reply to Tatyana Mikhailova
165 and using these reconstructions to build up branches of a linguistic genealogical tree is even less promising. Matasović’s conclusion that “finally, the fact that there appear to be only a fewExpand
An analyser and generator for Irish inflectional morphology using finite-state transducers
This thesis presents a finite-state morphology of Irish developed using Xerox Finite-State Tools and is designed for broad coverage of the language and is evaluated by comparing it with a list of the 1000 most frequently found word forms in a corpus of contemporary Irish texts. Expand