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
> 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.