Celtic language


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Noun1.Celtic language - a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite, Indo-European - the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
Erse, Gaelic, Goidelic - any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland
Brittanic, Brythonic - a southern group of Celtic languages
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There remains considerable debate, and nothing like a consensus, among scholars about classifying Tartessian as a Celtic language, though Koch himself remains convinced it was.
However whereas Latin did not survive anywhere due to the effect of multiculturalism, a version of the Celtic language did survive and will continue to do so because its proponents, unlike the absorbed Romans, have a permanence which is both admirable and compelling.
Welsh is the oldest language in Europe (older than English) and is the last stronghold of a Celtic language.
A Celtic language has been spoken on Anglesey for at least 2,500 years.
Dr Willis' interest in syntax stemmed from his study of a wide range of minority languages, including Breton, which is, like Welsh, a Celtic language.
The two-hour film, based on Caryl Lewis' award-winning novel about family inheritance and heartbreak, won the 'Spirit of the Festival' prize for a film or TV programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language.
Pezron saw what he termed the Celtic language as an 'Oriental Language' created at the time of the Tower of Babel, originating through Gomer, the son of Japheth, one of the sons of Noah, and surviving in contemporary Breton and Welsh.
Stokes was the most prolific writer on, and is considered the father of, Celtic language philology, producing nearly four hundred works on the subject.
Renfrew, who pushes back the arrival of Celtic language speakers in Britain to 4500 BC, a view for which there may be some support from genetic and physical anthropological studies (Klug 1986; Bodmer 1993), similarly stretches backwards a claim to continuous presence and identity in Britain: 'These lands have been our lands, and those of our forefathers, for thousands of years longer than is widely thought' (Renfrew 1987: 6; see also Renfrew 1994; 1996; Barford 1991).
The implications are potentially profound for the public's understanding of what it means to live near the western ocean, in one of the Celtic countries, or to speak a Celtic language.
The articles include meaning in English or the Celtic language, exemplar quotations, the donor language and meaning if different there, and references.
It scooped the Spirit of the Festival award at last month's Celtic Media Festival in Caernarfon in a category dedicated to productions wholly or substantially in a Celtic language.