Celtic influence in English

JoatSimeon at aol.com JoatSimeon at aol.com
Tue Feb 2 19:06:43 UTC 1999

iffr762 at utxvms.cc.utexas.edu

>Yes.  Isn't it past time we retired the quaint notion that thereis no Celtic
>influence in English?

-- "very little", rather than "no".

>If we know where to look (grammar rather than lexicon or phonology), Celtic
>influence is pervasive in English.

-- undemonstrated.  And how did Celtic manage to influence the grammar
profoundly without adding loan-words?  Lexical influence is easier and more
common in cases of prolonged language contact than changing grammatical forms.

Eg., look at the English-French cross-influences.


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