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By Paul Russell

This article presents a single-volume, single-author normal creation to the Celtic languages.

The first 1/2 the publication considers the historic heritage of the language staff 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 an in depth survey of 1 consultant from every one workforce, Irish and Welsh.

The moment part considers a number of linguistic positive factors that are usually considered as attribute of Celtic: spelling platforms, mutations, verbal nouns and observe order.

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Bracae 'trousers', cervesia 'beer', cucullus 'cloak', essedum 'chariot', carrus 'wagon', gaesa 'javelin', tardus 'bard', druidae 'druids', etc. (Palmer 1954: 52-3, Lambert 1994: 185-204). 6 below). Roman contact with Britons brought about lexical influence on the Brittonic languages and also, primarily through ecclesiastical channels, on the Goidelic languages (McManus 1983, 1984). 7 below). Notes 1. One omission is any detailed discussion of sociolinguistic aspects of the languages (though there are passing references).

Contacts were not limited to the prehistoric period. As the official language of the western half of the Roman Empire, Latin influenced many of the languages of Europe and was influenced by them, especially at the lexical level. g. bracae 'trousers', cervesia 'beer', cucullus 'cloak', essedum 'chariot', carrus 'wagon', gaesa 'javelin', tardus 'bard', druidae 'druids', etc. (Palmer 1954: 52-3, Lambert 1994: 185-204). 6 below). Roman contact with Britons brought about lexical influence on the Brittonic languages and also, primarily through ecclesiastical channels, on the Goidelic languages (McManus 1983, 1984).

Equos and quimon from the Calendar of Coligny (Duval and Pinault 1986), and the local and tribal names Sequana 'Seine', Sequani, Quariates 'Queyras', etc. The validity of p/q could be rescued by appeal to archaism; that is, the Gaulish forms with -qu- could be archaisms, especially those preserved in the Calendar of Coligny, which pre-date the change of /kw/ to /p/ (Schmidt 1978-80: 197-8, 1988: 232-5). But it is very difficult to argue for archaism or innovation when it is impossible to establish any dates or relative chronology, or indeed whether these forms should be considered Celtic at all.

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