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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings$
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James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264508

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.001.0001

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The Irish Role in the Origins of the Old English Alphabet: A Re-assessment

The Irish Role in the Origins of the Old English Alphabet: A Re-assessment

(p.2) (p.3) 1 The Irish Role in the Origins of the Old English Alphabet: A Re-assessment
Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Patrick P. O’Neill

British Academy

This chapter re-examines the role of the Irish in the origins of the Old English alphabet. There are many theories about the Old English alphabet's origins. These include those contained in Karl Luick's Historische Grammatik and E. Sievers and K. Brunner's Altenglische Grammatik, which both offered the view that the model for the Old English alphabet was the Latin alphabet. But the first work to cover Old English orthography was Alistair Campbell's Old English Grammar, which rejected the notion that the Latin alphabet which underlay the Old English alphabet was the one taught by the Irish.

Keywords:   Old English alphabet, Irish, Karl Luick, Historische Grammatik, E. Sievers, K. Brunner, Altenglische Grammatik, Alistair Campbell, Old English Grammar, Latin alphabet

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