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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
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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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