This text provides a single-volume, single-author general introduction to the Celtic languages.
The first half of the book considers the historical background of the language group as a whole. There follows a discussion of the two main sub-groups of Celtic, Goidelic (comprising Irish, Scottish, Gaelic and Manx) and Brittonic (Welsh, Cornish and Breton) together with a detailed survey of one representative from each group, Irish and Welsh.
The second half considers a range of linguistic features which are often regarded as characteristic of Celtic: spelling systems, mutations, verbal nouns and word order.
The periods of the Celtic languages
1. The Historical background to the Celtic Languages
2. The Goidelic Languages
4. The Brittonic Languages
6. The orthographies of the Celtic Languages
7. Lenition and mutations: phonetics, phonology and morphology
8. Verbal nouns, verbs and nouns
9. Word order in the Celtic languages