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By Paul Russell

This article offers a single-volume, single-author normal advent to the Celtic languages.

The first 1/2 the publication considers the historic history of the language team as an entire. There follows a dialogue of the 2 major sub-groups of Celtic, Goidelic (comprising Irish, Scottish, Gaelic and Manx) and Brittonic (Welsh, Cornish and Breton) including an in depth survey of 1 consultant from every one crew, Irish and Welsh.

The moment part considers a number of linguistic positive aspects that are usually considered as attribute of Celtic: spelling platforms, mutations, verbal nouns and be aware order.

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Gaul Epo- 'horse', petru- 'four', Lep -pe 'and' (cf. g. -Cue 'and', neCue 'neither'. g. equos and quimon from the Calendar of Coligny (Duval and Pinault 1986), and the local and tribal names Sequana 'Seine', Sequani, Quariates 'Queyras', etc. The validity of p/q could be rescued by appeal to archaism; that is, the Gaulish forms with -qu- could be archaisms, especially those preserved in the Calendar of Coligny, which pre-date the change of /kw/ to /p/ (Schmidt 1978-80: 197-8, 1988: 232-5). But it is very difficult to argue for archaism or innovation when it is impossible to establish any dates or relative chronology, or indeed whether these forms should be considered Celtic at all.

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