Describes in depth all the Celtic languages from historical, structural and sociolinguistic perspectives with individual chapters on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton and Cornish. This edition gives an account of the modern Celtic languages and their sociolinguistic status along with complete descriptions of the historical languages.
"The Celtic Languages" describes in depth all the Celtic languages from historical, structural and socio linguistic perspectives with individual chapters on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton and Cornish. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to provide a comprehensive and up to date account of the modern Celtic languages and their current socio linguistic status along with complete descriptions of the historical languages. This comprehensive volume is arranged in four parts.The first part offers a description of the typological aspects of the Celtic languages followed by a scene setting historical account of the emergence of these languages. A chapter devoted to Continental Celtic, Old and Middle Irish, and Old and Middle Welsh follows. Parts two and three are devoted to linguistic descriptions of the contemporary languages. Part two has chapters on Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx, while Part three covers Welsh, Breton and Cornish. Part four is devoted to the socio linguistic situation of the four contemporary Celtic languages and a final chapter describes the status of the two revived languages Cornish and Manx.; With contributions from a variety of scholars of the highest reputation, "The Celtic Languages" continues to be an invaluable tool for both students and teachers of linguistics, especially those with an interest in typology, language universals and the unique socio linguistic position which socio linguistic Celtic languages occupy.
Preface. List of Contributors. Part 1 Historical Aspects Part 2 The Goidelic Languages Part 3 The Brythonic Languages Part 4 The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages Index