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Italo-Celtic vs. Celto-Germanic (was Re: Celtic and Afro-Asiatic?)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Friday, September 16, 2005, 16:27

R A Brown wrote:
> > Aidan Grey wrote: > > > That's the one my PIE professor (Dr. Cal Watkins) espoused too, and > > everyone in my dept (Celtic Lang and Lit) seemed to agree with it as well. > > Could you explain why. I know there are a set of words common to both > Germanic & insular Celtic. e.g. landa, comba (valley) etc.
A list of *Insular* Celtic words (at the exclusion of Continental Celtic) would interest me; these words could be borrowed from Albic or Pictic.
> But these > could be due to independent borrowing from a common non-IE source (in > central Europe, the Alpine region?). And almost certainly there were > loan words exchanged between the two groups.
> Are there marked structural similarities between the two groups? > > [common features of Italic and Celtic snup] > > Are there phonological and morphological features shared only by the > Celtic & Germanic groups?
Not to my knowledge.
> I tend to think, in fact, the the dispersal and spread of IE vernaculars > across central and western Europe were rather more complex (and > interesting) than the simple 'three family group' often presented in > text books.
Yes. There are apparently criss-crossing isoglosses, as are to be expected from a dialect continuum. Greetings, Jörg.