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Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 12:23:01 +0000
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Subject: The Celtic Roots of English: Filppula, Klemola, Pitkanen (eds)

Title: The Celtic Roots of English
Series Title: Studies in Languages 37, University of Joensuu
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Joensuu University Library
Availability: Available
Editor: Markku Filppula
Editor: Juhani Klemola 
Editor: Heli Pitk´┐Żnen 

Paperback: ISBN: 9524581647, Pages: 342, Price: EUR 22.00
Comment: incl. VAT; no VAT on orders from outside the EU
English and the Insular Celtic languages share a troubled history of
co-existence in the British Isles, spanning more than one and a half
millennia. Normally, such circumstances can be expected to lead to
various kinds of linguistic contact effects in both language groups
involved in the contact situation. While it is generally accepted that
the Celtic languages have absorbed, and continue to absorb, many
influences from the neighbouring English, the opposite is not true
according to the 'orthodox view'. It holds that English phonology,
syntax and lexis display only a minimal amount of contact influences
from the Celtic languages. This is mainly explained by the subjugated
position of the Celts in the centuries following the arrival of the
Germanic tribes in Britain. Apart from a number of names of
localities, rivers, mountains and islands, the Anglo-Saxons had no
need, as the argument goes, to borrow words or grammar from the Celts.

Drawing on the most recent research on this question, the articles
contained in this volume challenge the orthodox view from various
historical and linguistic perspectives. The contributions provide new
insights into both the historical background to the early contacts
between speakers of Celtic and Germanic languages and the linguistic
outcomes of these contacts in phonology, syntax and lexis. The writers
represent a wide variety of expertise in the fields of the history and
archaeology of Britain, Germanic and Celtic studies, general
linguistics and language contact studies.


Editors' Preface

Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola and Heli Pitk´┐Żnen: Introduction: Early
 contacts between English and the Celtic languages

Part I: The earliest Anglo-Saxon/British contacts: Historical and
 linguistic perspectives
Nicholas Higham: The Anglo-Saxon/British interface: History and ideology
Richard Coates: The significances of Celtic place-names in England
Peter Schrijver: The rise and fall of British Latin: Evidence from
 English and Brittonic
Hildegard L.C. Tristram: Attrition of inflections in English and Welsh

Part II: Linguistic outcomes of Medieval and Early Modern contacts
David L. White: Explaining the innovations of Middle English: What,
 where, and why
Andrew Breeze: Seven types of Celtic loanword
Stephen Laker: An explanation for the changes kw-, hw- > xw in the
 English dialects
Juhani Klemola: Periphrastic DO: Dialectal distribution and origins

Part III: The early Irish input
Patricia Ronan: Subordinating ocus 'and' in Old Irish
Erich Poppe: The 'expanded form' in Insular Celtic and English: Some
 historical and comparative considerations, with special emphasis on
 Middle Irish
Anders Ahlqvist: Cleft sentences in Irish and other languages

Part IV: Pre-historical perspectives
Kalevi Wiik: On the origins of the Celts
Theo Vennemann: Semitic -> Celtic -> English: The transitivity of
 language contact

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Joensuu University Library / Publication Sales
P.O. Box 107, FIN-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)13 251 2652
Fax +358 (0)13 251 2691

The order form may be found at the English and Celtic in Contact home
Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)
Language Family(ies): Insular Celtic,

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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