The Celtic Connection
Rowman & Littlefield, 1992 - Foreign Language Study - 361 pages
The Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales, are well known for their literature, mythology, poetry and song. This volume is a study of the linguistic and literary achievements of those nations and provides a much-needed overview of the condition of all the Celtic languages. By emphasising the connection, these studies taken together illuminate the whole Celtic domain.
As the Editor points out, the Celtic identity is not one of race - the genetic links, if they are there at all, just cannot be proved - but it is of a common linguistic and cultural heritage. The Celtic Connection focuses on the similarities and differences in language across the Celtic nations and contributes to the resurgence of interest in the Celtic identity which is increasingly being supported by official bodies, both national and international.
The collection commences with a description of the languages and the origins of early Celtic society. Each language is then examined by a leading expert in linguistics and literature. All the contributors have written their contribution bearing in mind the theme of the title - the extent to which links among the Celtic peoples have (or, indeed, have not) been significant.
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THE CELTIC LANGUAGES
THE EARLY CELTS
THE IRISH LANGUAGE
EARLY IRISH LITERATURE
POSTNORMAN IRISH LITERATURE
THE SCOTTISH GAELIC LANGUAGE
SCOTTISH GAELIC LITERATURE
MANX LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
THE BRETON LANGUAGE
CORNISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
THE CELTIC CONNECTION TODAY
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
THE WELSH LANGUAGE ITS HISTORY AND STRUCTURE
THE WELSH LANGUAGE TODAY
Aberystwyth appears areas associated became become beginning Book Breton Britain Brittany Celtic Celts central centre century church Classical close collection communities complete continued Cornish culture cycle dialects Dublin earlier early effect element English established Europe evidence example expression fact French Gaelic important influence interest Ireland Irish John king known land language largely late later Latin learned less linguistic literary literature London manuscript Manx means medieval Middle native noun occur origin particularly perhaps period person plays poems poetry poets political population position present probably prose published recorded reference regional remains represented response schools Scotland Scottish society songs sources speak speakers speech spoken stories structure Studies texts tion tradition translation University verb verse vowels Wales Welsh writing written