The Celtic Languages

Edited by Martin Ball, Nicole Muller

© 1993 – Routledge

696 pages

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About the Book

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

Reviews

'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

Table of Contents

Part I Historical Aspects

Part II The Goidelic Languages

Part III The Brythonic Languages

Part IV The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR029000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Celtic Languages
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
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REFERENCE / General