Brythonic languages

Brythonic languages

      one of two groups of the modern Celtic languages, the other being Goidelic. The Brythonic languages (from Welsh (Welsh language) brython, “Briton”) are or were spoken on the island of Great Britain and consist of Welsh, Cornish (Cornish language), and Breton (Breton language). They are distinguished from the Goidelic (Goidelic languages) group by the presence of the sound p where Goidelic has k (spelled c, earlier q), both derived from an ancestral form *kw in the Indo-European parent language. (An asterisk identifies a sound as a hypothetical and reconstructed form.) The Brythonic languages are therefore sometimes referred to as P-Celtic.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Brythonic languages — For the individual language, see British language (Celtic). Brythonic Brittonic Geographic distribution: Wales, Cornwall, Brittany Linguistic classification: Indo European …   Wikipedia

  • Southwestern Brythonic languages — Southwestern Brythonic Geographic distribution: Cornwall, Brittany Linguistic classification: Indo European Celtic Insular Brythonic …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of the United Kingdom — Languages of country = United Kingdom official = English [Citation url=http://www.thecommonwealth.org/YearbookHomeInternal/139560/ title=United Kingdom; Key Facts publisher=Commonwealth Secretariat accessdate=2008 04 23] main = English >90%… …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of Scotland — Scotland is a land of diverse linguistic and cultural heritage. Various languages spoken there over the years fall into two general categories: Germanic languages and Celtic languages. The classification of the Pictish language was once… …   Wikipedia

  • Brythonic — of the Britons, Welsh, 1884, from Welsh Brython, cognate with L. Britto (see BRITON (Cf. Briton)). Introduced by Professor John Rhys to avoid the confusion of using Briton/British with reference to ancient peoples, religions, and languages …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brythonic — [bri thän′ik] n. the subdivision of the Celtic branch of Indo European that includes Cornish, Welsh, and Breton adj. designating or of these languages or the peoples that speak them …   English World dictionary

  • Brythonic — I. adjective Etymology: Welsh Brython Briton, Britons (from British Celtic *britton ) + 1 ic Date: 1884 of, relating to, or characteristic of the division of the Celtic languages that includes Welsh, Cornish, and Breton II. noun Date: 1884 the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Languages of Europe — Most of the many languages of Europe belong to the Indo European language family. Another major family is the Finno Ugric. The Turkic family also has several European members. The North and South Caucasian families are important in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Brythonic — Bry•thon•ic [[t]brɪˈθɒn ɪk[/t]] also Brittonic n. 1) peo the subgroup of modern Celtic languages represented by Welsh, Cornish, and Breton 2) peo the Celtic language ancestral to these languages; British Celtic 3) peo of or pertaining to… …   From formal English to slang

  • Languages of the Isle of Man — The main language of the Isle of Man is English, predominately the Manx English dialect. Manx, the historical language of the island, is still maintained by a very small speaker population.Both English and Manx are official languages in the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”