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p. 476. Talking to each otherlocked

  • Barry Cunliffe

Abstract

During the longue durée of indigenous development and the frantic chaos of folk movement, people needed to talk to each other: the language they used, in its various forms and dialects, belongs to a group that, since the beginning of the eighteenth century, philologists have called ‘Celtic’. After 200 years of scholarship, we might assume the origins and development of the early Celtic languages would be pretty well understood. However, ‘Talking to each other’ quotes David Ellis Evans, an expert in Celtic philology: ‘The labyrinthine and frustrating nature of the subject discussed here must not be denied or disguised, for all the new insights gained from caring concentration on it.’

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