Case and genre in gaulish: From Mont Auxois to the Pont D'Ancy

Mees, B 2008, 'Case and genre in gaulish: From Mont Auxois to the Pont D'Ancy', Journal of Celtic Linguistics, vol. 12, pp. 121-138.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Case and genre in gaulish: From Mont Auxois to the Pont D'Ancy
Author(s) Mees, B
Year 2008
Journal name Journal of Celtic Linguistics
Volume number 12
Start page 121
End page 138
Total pages 18
Publisher University of Wales Press
Abstract A close textual examination of case-marking and role in Gaulish suggests that the instrumental (and ablative) formants and functions inherited from Indo-European remained largely independent in use from those of the other oblique cases. Although a distinct morphological locative seems to have been given up at a prehistoric stage, the Gaulish of the Roman period appears to have preserved a much fuller and more synthetic system of grammatical case than did any of the medieval Celtic languages. The practice of projecting Insular Celtic behaviours onto Continental Celtic (or even cross-linguistic abstractions derived from broader linguistic theory) should not serve as a substitute for analysing Gaulish inscriptions from the perspective of interlingual intertextuality and of properly contextualized epigraphic genre. Gaulish should be understood principally as a closely historicized inscriptional language, its attested expressions constrained by typical ancient Mediterranean epigraphic pragmatics, yet representing an idiosyncratic development of Celtic linguistic tradition nonetheless.
Subject Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistics not elsewhere classified
Copyright notice © 2008 University of Wales Press
ISSN 0962-1377
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