Celtic, Roman, and Germanic background

D. Gary Miller

in External Influences on English

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654260
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742064 | DOI:
Celtic, Roman, and Germanic background

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This chapter elaborates on the history of contact between the Germanic languages that made up Old English and the main languages in their environment from which words and other elements were transferred. The history establishes a timeframe for contact with pre‐Celts, Celts, and Romans, and discusses the nature of the evidence for the different types of contact. Toponyms figure prominently, as do specific structural convergences with Brythonic Celtic.

Keywords: Germanic languages; pre-Celt; Celts; Romans; Brythonic Celtic; toponyms

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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