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).
* 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
'A very substantial work indeed … produced to a high standard of scholarship.'
'… provides a very useful and convenient overview of the linguistic features of the whole range of the Celtic languages. The book is very well produced. Each chapter is accompanied by a substantial bibliography and there is a good index of names and subjects.' - Reference Reviews
'This is an excellent book. Detailed but lucid, it is exactly the book to recommend to enquirers on anything from inscriptions in Gaulish to videos in Manx. In short, the authors of [The Celtic Languages] deserve congratulations for a job well done. The work of the team [Martin Ball] has directed will be of value for years to come.' - Notes and Queries
Part I Historical Aspects
Part II The Goidelic Languages
Part III The Brythonic Languages
Part IV The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages