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Celtic languages
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The Celtic languages (CL) belong to the group of  Centum languages within the  Indo-European languages. The hypothesis that the preliminary phases of the Italic and the Celtic language branch form a unit was long disputed. For morphological reasons in particular (common innovations exclusive to Celtic and Italic), early Italic-Celtic language unity is, however, probable [1]. The CL are usually subdivided in two regards.

a) Purely geographical classification as ‘mainland Celtic’ and ‘island Celtic’ without reference to differences or common fe…

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Ziegler, Sabine (Würzburg), “Celtic languages”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e612120>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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