An Introduction to the Celtic Languages by Paul Russell

By Paul Russell

This article offers a single-volume, single-author common creation to the Celtic languages.

The first half the booklet considers the ancient historical past of the language crew as an entire. There follows a dialogue of the 2 major sub-groups of Celtic, Goidelic (comprising Irish, Scottish, Gaelic and Manx) and Brittonic (Welsh, Cornish and Breton) including a close survey of 1 consultant from each one team, Irish and Welsh.

The moment part considers a number of linguistic gains that are frequently considered as attribute of Celtic: spelling platforms, mutations, verbal nouns and notice order.

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Quinque 'five' < *kwenkwe, etc. Compare also Lat coquus, W pobi 'cook' < *kwokw- < *pokw- (cf. Gk péttō < *pekw-). It has been argued that this assimilation goes back to a period of Italo-Celtic unity. However, C. Watkins 1966a: 33-5 has demonstrated that there is a problem of chronology in relation to the change of *-kwu- to *-ku-. The case of Lat quercus 'oak' < *perkwu- is central to the argument. The ancient name for the Hercynian Forest of central Europe, Gk Herkúnia, which is connected with Lithuanian Perkūnas 'a thunder god', shows it to be a derivative of *perkwu- 'oak'.

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First, it puts a great deal of weight on the p/q distinction when this could well have been allophonic for a considerable period. Secondly, it is not clear how significant the Goidelic feature of */ṃ/ and */ṇ/ > -em/-en really is; this change has been questioned by some who have argued that */ṃ/ and */ṇ/ gave -am/-an in Goidelic which subsequently changed to -em/-en in certain environments (McCone 1991b: 53-69, cf. Szemerényi 1991), while others have argued that */ṃ/ and */ṇ/ gave -em/-en in Gaulish as well (Szemerényi 1978).

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