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An introduction to the Celtic languages

Author: Paul Russell
Publisher: New York ; London : Longman, 1995.
Series: Longman linguistics library
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This text provides an introduction to the Celtic languages covering their historical background. Goidelic languages, Irish, Welsh and Brettonic languages are included. The topics covered include:  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Russell
ISBN: 0582100828 9780582100824
OCLC Number: 868563524
Description: XVII, 347 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 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 Brittonic languages: the sources; general features of the Brittonic languages; the inter-relationship of the neo-Brittonic languages. Part 5 Welsh: types of Welsh; phonology; the nominal system; the verbal system; syntax. Part 6 The orthographies of the Celtic languages: orthography and phonology; the scripts of continental Celtic; the scripts of insular Celtic. Part 7 Lenition and mutations - phonetics, phonology and morphology: the phonological data; the grammatical functions of the initial mutations; lenition in the consonantal system; theories of lenition and spirantization; the grammaticalization of the mutations; modern mutations and functional load. Part 8 Verbal nouns, verbs and nouns: verbs, nouns and verbal adjectives; formal characteristics of verbal nouns; syntactical characteristics of verbal nouns; verbal noun - verb or noun?; verbal nouns and infinitives - the historical background. Part 9 Word order in the Celtic languages: the evidence; the historical background.
Series Title: Longman linguistics library
Responsibility: Paul Russell.


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