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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Contributors in archaeology, historical linguistics, and archaeogenetics (the sequencing of ancient DNA) shed light on the origins of the Celts and the Celtic language family in the Bronze Age and Beaker Period.
These are all man-made and the early settlers exploited the easily excavated sandstone rock to form caves and an early name for Nottingham was 'Tigguo Cobauc' which meant 'the place of cave dwellers' in the Celtic language of the time.
This includes open mountains and pasture, wooded valleys and scattered farmsteads, inhabited by a community reliant on sheep and cattle farming which had already been there for thousands of years; a community made up of people who spoke a Celtic language which is essentially the same one still spoken by the vast majority of Ceredigion farmers.
Lewis, who recently became Gaelic Ambassador at his school, is fluent in both English and Gaelic - and can't wait to teach others the traditional Celtic language.
Prosecutor Nick Smart said: "The situation did deteriorate immediately with some more robust Anglo-Saxon vs Celtic language, and at some stage Mr Jones was called a "baldy c***".
Manx, the old Celtic language spoken on the Isle of Man, was in decline for centuries, with the last native speaker dying in 1974.
These genetic influxes brought cultural changes including moving to settled farmsteads, bronze metalworking and may have even been the origin of western Celtic language.
In the Celtic language, mistletoe means "all heal." Ancient Druid priests harvested it in ritualistic ceremonies for sacrifices celebrating the solstices.
To find out, he spent time among speakers of languages such as Yuchi (a Native American language), Manx (a Celtic language from the Isle of Man), and Provencal (Occitan).
Higgins says that as very little of the saint's life was spent in Cornwall, 'it is necessary to consider why a Breton saint was the subject of a Cornish play' and he points out that 'Both people spoke a common Celtic language ...
Although poisonous, mistletoe means "all-heal" in the Celtic language and in medieval times it was believed to repel evil spirits.