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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: Advent and Expansion

Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: Advent and Expansion

Sir John Rhys Memorial Lecture

(p.349) Gaelic in Medieval Scotland: Advent and Expansion
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Thomas Owen Clancy

British Academy

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on Gaelic advent and expansion in medieval Scotland given at the British Academy's 2009 Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture. This text reviews the evidence for Gaelic's arrival and expansion in the various different regions of Scotland in the Middle Ages and evaluates the different ways in which toponymic data can usefully be interpreted to inform our notion of the process of expansion. It argues that, contrary of received views, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries remained periods of expansion for the Gaelic language.

Keywords:   Gaelic arrival, Gaelic expansion, medieval Scotland, toponymic data, Gaelic language

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