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The Celtic Languages (Routledge Reference) [Paperback]

James Fife , Martin J. Ball
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23 May 2002 041528080X 978-0415280808 New Ed
This comprehensive volume 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.
Organized for ease of reference, The Celtic Languages is arranged in four parts.
The first, Historical Aspects, covers the origin and history of the Celtic languages, their spread and retreat, present-day distribution and a sketch of the extant and recently extant languages.
Parts II and III describe the structural detail of each language, including phonology, mutation, morphology, syntax, dialectology and lexis.
The final part provides wide-ranging sociolinguistic detail, such as areas of usage (in government, church, media, education, business), maintenance (institutional support offered), and prospects for survival (examination of demographic changes and how they affect these languages).

Special Features:
* Presents the first modern, comprehensive linguistic description of this important language family
* Provides a full discussion of the likely progress of Irish, Welsh and Breton
* Includes the most recent research on newly discovered Continental Celtic inscriptions

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (23 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041528080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415280808
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Martin J. Ball is Hawthorne-BORSF Endowed Professor, and Head of the Department of Communicative Disorders, and Director of the Doris B. Hawthorne Center for Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (London). Dr Ball has authored and edited twenty books, over 20 contributions to collections and over thirty refereed articles in academic journals. He is co-editor of the journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. His main research interests include clinical phonetics and phonology, and the linguistics of Welsh. He is currently President of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association.

Nicole Müller is Associate Professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also holds a Hawthorne- BORSF professorship. Dr Müller has published widely in both book and journal form in various areas of language disorders, as well the syntax and semantics of natural language. Particular areas of interest include historical and comparative Celtic linguistics, clinical discourse studies and pragmatics, specifically as applied to Alzheimer’s Disease, communication disorders and multilingualism, and professional voice use in university professors.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Celtic Languages - Nefoedd 25 Jan 2004
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Well, after browsing through this book, i decided to start from chapter 1; initially i intended to jump straight into the chapters relating to the Brythonic Languages, but after seeing how they used terminology, i decided start at the start.
As a student of linguistics and a learner of three Celtic tongues (all Brythonic) i find this book utterly fascinating, as well as an infinitely useful resource for my (undergraduate level) course. Although it's not a set text for my course, it is my area of interest and i can use it to that effect without too much difficulty in essay writing. So here comes my recommendation:
Buy this book if you have any interest in Celtic Language; when you buy this book, though, by a dictionary of linguistics too (unless you have an encyclopaedic view of linguistic terms), as you'll probably require it. Good material, but hard-going!
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