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Interesting but flawed,
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This review is from: Face of Britain: How Our Genes Reveal the History of Britain (Hardcover)
There are a lot of good things in this book and it's nicely presented but there are also a few real howlers. Gaelic and Celtic are not synonymous and to talk about "Welsh Gaelic" is a terrible mistake in a work of this type (though Sykes does the same) - they even have a map of "Gaelic" languages with Welsh included as one of them! The figures for the number of Irish speakers also seem dodgy to me - it looks as though they haven't included Irish speakers in Northern Ireland, which is absurd. If you are interested in this subject, you'll find it worth reading but take it with a pinch of salt and check the facts carefully.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2010 20:29:14 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2010 22:30:54 BDT
This is the definition of Gaelic:
Gaelic [ˈgeɪlɪk ˈgæl-]
(Linguistics / Languages) any of the closely related languages of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland, or (formerly) the Isle of Man Compare Goidelic
(Social Science / Peoples) (Linguistics / Languages) (Placename) of, denoting, or relating to the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, or the Isle of Man or their language or customs.
This is the definition of Celtic:
Celtic [ˈkɛltɪk ˈsɛl-], Keltic
(Linguistics / Languages) a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes Gaelic, Welsh, and Breton, still spoken in parts of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Modern Celtic is divided into the Brythonic (southern) and Goidelic (northern) groups.
These are the definitions and have been for a long time. Gaelic IS Celtic but Celtic is not necessarily Gaelic. It's really very simple. If you don't like facts, stick to fiction. And what do you mean by the Welsh, Irish and Scots not being Celtic or Gaelic? If you mean they aren't 'racially' Celtic or Gaelic, of course they aren't. They are 'racially' human, along with Japanese, Australian Aborigines and Zulus. Celtic and Gaelic are linguistic and cultural expressions and nothing more. They make no claim about a person's genes but they are perfectly valid when applied to people whose recent ancestors spoke Celtic and/or Gaelic languages.
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