The Celtic Languages

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Martin John Ball, James Fife
Taylor & Francis, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 682 pages

This comprehensive volume 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.
Organized for ease of reference, The Celtic Languages is arranged in four parts.
The first, Historical Aspects, covers the origin and history of the Celtic languages, their spread and retreat, present-day distribution and a sketch of the extant and recently extant languages.
Parts II and III describe the structural detail of each language, including phonology, mutation, morphology, syntax, dialectology and lexis.
The final part provides wide-ranging sociolinguistic detail, such as areas of usage (in government, church, media, education, business), maintenance (institutional support offered), and prospects for survival (examination of demographic changes and how they affect these languages).

Special Features:
* Presents the first modern, comprehensive linguistic description of this important language family
* Provides a full discussion of the likely progress of Irish, Welsh and Breton
* Includes the most recent research on newly discovered Continental Celtic inscriptions

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Contents

Introduction
8
Continental Celtic
26
Insular Celtic P and Q Celtic
64
The Goidelic Languages
99
Irish
101
Scottish Gaelic
145
MANX
228
The Brythonic Languages
287
Cornish
410
The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages
469
Aspects of the Societal Status of Modern Irish
471
Scottish Gaelic Today Social History and Contemporary Status
491
The Sociolinguistics of Welsh
534
The Breton Language its Present Position and Historical Background
604
The Revived Languages Modern Cornish and Modern Manx
642
Index
663

Welsh
289
Breton
349

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About the author (2002)

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 Müller is Associate Professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also holds a Hawthorne- BORSF professorship. Dr Müller 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.

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