FORSYTH, Katherine

Language in Pictland: The Case Against ‘Non-Indo-European Pictish’


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Publisher: De Keltische Draak, Utrecht

Year: 1997

Edition: First

Format: Softcovers

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Softcovers, 48pp, stiff card covers. “In the nineteenth century it had been established that Pictish was related to the Brittonic branch of the Celtic family of languages, yet there were many who were not satisfied with the notion that Pictish was simply the most northerly cousin of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Controversy raged until the publication, in 1955, of Professor Kenneth Jackson’s seminal article ‘The Pictish Language’, in which the author offered a radical solution to the old problem. There have, however, been tremendous advances in Pictish Studies in the four decades since Jackson wrote, and his theory must now be called into question. Forsyth draws on the disciplines of history and archaeology as well as lingustics to argue that the notion of ‘non-Indo-European Pictish’ can no longer be sustained and that there was only one Pictish language, and it is fully Celtic”. Near Fine. Scarce

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