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    Metrical systems of Celtic traditions

    Stifter, David (2016) Metrical systems of Celtic traditions. North-Western European Language Evolution, 69 (1). pp. 38-94. ISSN 0108-8416

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    On the basis of fragmentary evidence from the ancient Celtic languages (e.g. Gaulish), but especially from the rich poetic heritage of the medieval Insular Celtic languages (e.g. Old Irish, Middle Welsh), the poetic terminology reconstructable for Common Celtic is presented. The possible metrical remains from ancient Celtic are reviewed and an attempt is made to identify their principles of versification. The characteristics of the medieval Irish and medieval British systems of versification are described. Finally, the question of the genetic relationship of ancient and medieval Celtic versification is discussed, and the possible relationship of Celtic with neighbouring Germanic, especially medieval Scandinavian, traditions is briefly reviewed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: metrical systems; Celtic traditions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Celtic Studies > Early Irish (Sean Ghaeilge)
    Item ID: 8175
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    Depositing User: Prof. David Stifter
    Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 09:42
    Journal or Publication Title: North-Western European Language Evolution
    Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
    Refereed: Yes
    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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