The increasing and widespread interest in Celtic languages has resulted in this modern and scholarly treatment of this important language family. Adopting theoretical and sociolinguistic approaches, this book examines Gaulish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton and Cornish, both individually and in terms of their relationship to each other. It is ideal for both students and teachers of linguistics, especially those with an interest in typology, language universals and the unique sociolinguistic position which the four extant languages occupy. It is also useful for those concerned with the sociological aspect of linguistic minorities and linguistic difference and particularity. The book is arranged in four parts for ease of reference, reflecting the most important features of the language family and aiding cross-linguistic comparison. * The first section details the origin and history of the languages, including their spread and retreat, present-day distribution and a survey of the extant and recently extinct languages.
* In the second and third parts, each language is individually described in terms of its structural details, including phonology, morphology, syntax, dialectology, lexis and the features which distinguish the Celtic languages, such as initial consonant mutation, verb-subject-object sentences, the inflection of prepositions and pre-sentential particles. * The final part covers sociolinguistic aspects, for example the use of Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh in government, the Church, the media, education and business, and the prospects for the survival of these languages in everyday use. In addition, The Celtic Languages offers a full discussion of the most recent research into newly discovered Continental Celtic inscriptions.
Table of Contents
Part I Historical Aspects 1. Introduction James Fife 2. Continental Celtic Joseph F Eska and D. Ellis Evans 3. Insular Celtic P- and Q-Celtic Karl Horst Schmidt Part II The Goidelic Languages 4. Irish Gearoid Mac Eoin 5. Scottish Gaelic William Gillies 6. Manx George Broderick Part III The Brythonic Languages 7. Welsh T. Arwyn Watkins 8. Breton Janig Stephens 9. Cornish Ken George Part IV The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages 10. Aspects of the societal status of Modern Irish Mairtin O Murchu 11. Scottish Gaelic today: Social history and contemporary status Kenneth Mackinnon 12. The sociolinguistics of Welsh Robert Owen Jones 13. The Breton languages: its present position and historical background Humphrey Lloyd Humphreys 14. The Revived languages: Modern Cornish and Modern Manx Ken George and George Broderick Index
Martin J. Ball is Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor, and Head of the Department of Communicative Disorders, and Director of the Doris B. Hawthorne Center for Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (London). Dr Ball has authored and edited twenty books, over 20 contributions to collections and over thirty refereed articles in academic journals. He is co-editor of the journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. His main research interests include clinical phonetics and phonology, and the linguistics of Welsh. He is currently President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association. Nicole Muller is Associate Professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also holds a Hawthorne- BORSF professorship. Dr Muller has published widely in both book and journal form in various areas of language disorders, as well the syntax and semantics of natural language. Particular areas of interest include historical and comparative Celtic linguistics, clinical discourse studies and pragmatics, specifically as applied to Alzheimer s Disease, communication disorders and multilingualism, and professional voice use in university professors. "