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Celtic Languages

The Celtic languages are divided into two branches: the Goedelic or Gaelic (Irish, Scots Gaelic, Manx), and the Brythonic (Welsh, Cornish, and Breton). Goedelic is also known as Q-Celtic, and Brythonic as P-Celtic, the essential differences arising from sound-shifts. (Otherwise known as "minding one's P's and Q's"...)


MacBain, Alexander
Gairm Publications, 1982

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Published by Gairm Publications, 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6BZ
Tel. 041-221 1971
Printed by Clark Constable (1982) Let, Edinburgh
ISBN 0 901771 68 6
1st edition - 1896
2nd edition (revised) - 1911
Photolitho Reprint of 1911 edition - 1982

Keyed in by Caoimhín P. Ó Donnaíle, Sabhal Mór Ostaig.
HTML version by John T. McCranie, San Francisco State University.

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The present edition of Dr MacBain's Etymological Dictionary
consists of the text of the original edition, with interposed
additions, amendments, and corrections drawn from the
author's " Further Gaelic Words and Etymologies," from the
" Addenda et Corrigenda " at the end of the first edition, and
from written jottings on interleaved copies of these books.

Nothing has been TCdded~*to' Br MacBain's work except
the Supplement to The Outlines of Gaelic Etymology, the words
and letters in square brackets, and a few slight changes from the
original text, which are the work of the Rev. Dr George Henderson,
Lecturer in Celtic Languages and Literature in the University of
Glasgow, who found it necessary to abandon his intention of seeing
the Gaelic Etymological Dictionary through the press, after
reaching the sixteenth page of the "Outlines"; and a few
suggestions in brackets followed by "Ed."

Nothing has been left out which could be deciphered, Dr
applied with any measure of confidence. Even queried
suggestions have been given, in the belief that mere flashes of
thought by an expert may often point the way towards correct




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