Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Celtic Languages - Historical Linguistics

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr while there are many challenges to Celticity in the social and cultural areas which we discussed earlier - in the language area the use of  Celtic is accepted and faces only the major challenge of the survival of the Celtic Languages.

Does anyone now if Maurice Swadesh's techniques of historical linguistics have been applied to Celtic languages ?

He was the chief pioneer of lexicostatistics, which attempts to classify languages on the basis of the extent to which they have replaced basic words reconstructible in the proto-language, and glottochronology, which extends lexicostatistics by computing divergence dates from the lexical retention rate.

                                          Morris Swadesh

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