LINGUIST List 14.1694

Mon Jun 16 2003

Books: Language Description, Celtic: Ball, Fife (eds)

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  1. jleppig, The Celtic Languages: Ball, Fife (eds)

Message 1: The Celtic Languages: Ball, Fife (eds)

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 10:37:12 +0000
From: jleppig <>
Subject: The Celtic Languages: Ball, Fife (eds)

Title: The Celtic Languages
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Editor: Martin J. Ball, University of Louisiana, Lafayette 
Editor: James Fife, Southwestern University 

Paperback: ISBN: 041528080X, Pages: 696, Price: 36.95

This is the first modern, scholarly, detailed account of the Celtic
languages found in one volume. The need for such a book has grown in
recent years owing to the marked increase in interest in this
important language-family on the part of linguists worldwide.

The Celtic languages have various unique features, both structural and
sociolinguistic, both inside and outside the Indo-European linguistic
situation, that make them especially worthy of study. The languages
examined are Gaulish, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Breton, and

The Celtic Languages discusses both the structural as well as the
sociolinguistic aspect of the study of these languages. On the
structural side, features such as initial consonant mutation,
verb-subject-object sentences, the inflection of prepositions, and
pre-sentential particles mark this group of languages, separating it
from other Indo-European language groups. On the sociolinguistic side,
the book discusses the unique fact that it is the only language group
to consist solely of `minority languages'. All other groups contain at
least one major language recognized as an official language of a
nation state or of an autonomous region.

Lingfield(s): Language Description
Language Family(ies): Celtic 

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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