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Celtic: A Comparative Study [Hardcover]

Douglas Bartlett Gregor
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10 Mar 1980

“A marvellous book which is both readable and scholarly”

The core of this work is an examination in depth of six Celtic languages: Irish, Gaelic, Manx (all correctly called Gaelic by their speakers), and Welsh, Cornish and Breton (three cousins of the first group). It is the core because the rest of the work grows out of it; and its consequently central position is intended to mark the peak between flowering and decline.

Encapsulating the core is an account of Celtic origins, and the story of its origins, and the story of the formation, vicissitudes, and dissolution of the six regions where different forms of Celtic are or were spoken. The decline in the number of Celtic speakers is traced in detail; its causes are examined one by one; the struggle for survival is described wherever it is being carried on; and finally the question is asked: “What is meant by revival?”

The requiem for Manx in these pages is included because its loss is doubly painful for having happened in our own day. It is time that languages were regarded as part of the ecological scene, and the end of one of them felt as deeply as the extinction of a species.

It is hoped that this work will leave the reader in that frame of mind: willing to halt the further decline of the Celtic languages.

Part of the Oleander Classics series, this 1980 title has been reproduced using the highest-quality modern scanning technology. This is in order to keep important works from the Press’s 50-year history from going out of print. In this way, the invaluable resources provided by this and other books in the series remain available for general readers, academics and other interested parties.
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  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Oleander Press (10 Mar 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900891416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900891410
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,872,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't usually write reviews but ... 11 Jun 2006
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Because there was no review of this book I was a bit dubious about buying it on spec. If there are any language lovers out there who are feel the same way I just want to say that it is a marvellous book which is both readable and scholarly and would suit the interested layman as well as the language professional.

The book covers the history and development of the languages and the movement of peoples that led to these with much citation from classical references etc as well as giving reasons for decline and revival and the discussion goes beyond a narrow focus to talk generally about why such things occur. I was primarily interested to know why Welsh and Gaelic are so different and the explanation is very detailed apart from the very interesting historical background actually setting out all the changes with examples. I felt duty bound to pass on the recommendation of this title which no-one who is interested in studying languages could fail to enjoy and appreciate immensely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun and informative - in a rambling sort of way 12 April 2006
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One gets the impression that the author wrote this book mostly for his own entertainment - he's fascinated with Celtic languages and wants to write about them. He has no particular point to make other than to share the joys of initial mutations etc. with whoever will listen. The result is a very entertaining book, not particularly scholarly, but certainly informative and the reader comes away with a good overview of the subject.
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