The Celtic Languages 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.

This second edition has been thoroughly revised to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the modern Celtic languages and their current sociolinguistic status along with complete descriptions of the historical languages.

This comprehensive volume is arranged in four parts. The first part offers a description of the typological aspects of the Celtic languages followed by a scene setting historical account of the emergence of these languages. Chapters devoted to Continental Celtic, Old and Middle Irish, and Old and Middle Welsh follow. Parts two and three are devoted to linguistic descriptions of the contemporary languages. Part two has chapters on Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx, while Part three covers Welsh, Breton and Cornish. Part four is devoted to the sociolinguistic situation of the four contemporary Celtic languages and a final chapter describes the status of the two revived languages Cornish and Manx.

With contributions from a variety of scholars of the highest reputation, The Celtic Languages continues to be an invaluable tool for both students and teachers of linguistics, especially those with an interest in typology, language universals and the unique sociolinguistic position which the Celtic languages occupy.

Dr Martin J. Ball is Hawthorne-BoRSF Endowed Professor, and Director of the Hawthorne Research Center, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr Ball has over 120 academic publications. Among his books are The Use of Welsh, Mutation in Welsh, and Welsh Phonetics.

Dr Nicole Müller is Hawthorne-BoRSF Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Among her books are Mutation in Welsh, and Agents in Early Irish and Early Welsh.

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Part I Historical Aspects

chapter 1|19 pages

Typological aspects of the Celtic languages

ByJames Fife

chapter 2|6 pages

The emergence of the Celtic languages

ByJoseph F. Eska

chapter 3|27 pages

Continental Celtic 55 117

ByJoseph F. Eska and D. Ellis Evans 4 Early Irish David Stifter 5 Old and Middle Welsh David Willis

chapter 4|62 pages

Early Irish

chapter 5|44 pages

Old and Middle Welsh

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Part II The Goidelic Languages

chapter 6|67 pages


ByDónall P. Ó Baoill

chapter 7|75 pages

Scottish Gaelic

ByWilliam Gillies

chapter 8|52 pages


ByGeorge Broderick

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Part III The Brythonic Languages

chapter 9|68 pages

Welsh 427 488

ByGwenllian Awbery 10 Breton Ian Press 11 Cornish Ken George

chapter 10|61 pages


chapter 11|49 pages


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Part IV The Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages

chapter 12|48 pages

Irish- speaking society and the state

chapter 14|62 pages

The sociolinguistic context of Welsh

ByRobert Owen Jones, Colin H. Williams

chapter 16|18 pages

The revived languages – Cornish and Manx

ByKen George, George Broderick