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Introduction to Celtic Languages

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Introduction to Celtic Languages

<p>Celtic languages were once spoken throughout large areas of Western Europe, but have been in retreat for many centuries. Where did they come from? How are they different from other European

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Celtic languages were once spoken throughout large areas of Western Europe, but have been in retreat for many centuries. Where did they come from? How are they different from other European languages? Do they still have a future? We look at their history, and examine each of the six surviving Celtic languages.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Williams, J.E.Caerwyn (translated by Patrick Ford), The Irish Literary Tradition, University of Wales Press, Caerdydd, 1992
  • James, S., The Atlantic Celts, British Museum Press, London, 1999
  • SBS Atlas of Languages, ABC Books, Sydney, 2001
  • Berresford Ellis, P., The Story of the Cornish Language, Tor Mark Press, Redruth, 1998
  • Jones and Thomas (Eds.), Presenting Saunders Lewis, University of Wales Press, Caerdydd, 1973


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Outline of Celtic Language history. Distinctive features of Celtic languages
  • Introduction to Irish, Scots and Manx Gaelic. The earliest Irish and Welsh literature
  • Introduction to Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Do Celtic languages have a future?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between the Celtic languages and other European languages.
  2. Debate the survival prospects of the Celtic languages.
  3. Recognise each of the Celtic languages in print.
  4. Evaluate the relationship between language and identity in countries where Celtic languages are spoken.