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    Old Irish Etymology through the Ages

    Stifter, David (2020) Old Irish Etymology through the Ages. Language and History, 63 (1). pp. 24-46. ISSN 1759-7536

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    he etymological study of Early Irish began in the Old Irish period (c. 700‒900 A.D.), under the influence of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologiae, and, because of its flexible hermeneutic potential,it enjoyed great popularity in the middle and early modern period. It is only with the rise of modern comparative linguistics, especially of Indo-European linguistics in the second half of the 19thcentury, that the art of Irish etymology has attained scholarly riguour. Over the past150 years, paradigm shifts in Indo-European studies (laryngeal theory, accent/ablaut classes of inflection, derivational morphology) and the development of modern technology (digitisation of texts, eDIL, ISOS) have repeatedly changed the methods and the course of Irish etymological studies. The impact of some of these external factors will be illustrated with examples.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Old Irish Etymology; the Ages; Chronologicon Hibernicum;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Celtic Studies > Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)
    Item ID: 12916
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    Depositing User: Prof. David Stifter
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2020 08:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Language and History
    Publisher: Maney Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: European Research Council
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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