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Wed Oct 1 2003

Books: Hist Ling, Eng: Filppula, Klemola, Pitkanen

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  • markku.filppula, The Celtic Roots of English: Filppula, Klemola, Pitkanen (eds)

    Message 1: The Celtic Roots of English: Filppula, Klemola, Pitkanen (eds)

    Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2003 12:23:01 +0000
    From: markku.filppula <>
    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 Abstract: 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 Contributors

    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

    Ordering information: Place orders to 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 E-mail:

    The order form may be found at the English and Celtic in Contact home page 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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