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The course provides a basic introduction to Old Gaelic, and is an exciting option for students who are interested in exploring the history of modern Scottish Gaelic, and/or curious about Celtic grammatical structures. We will read some basic texts in the original language. Any previous language study will be an advantage. Old Gaelic is the earliest form of a Celtic language which we can reconstruct with some certainty. It holds the key to the earliest vernacular literature north of the Alps, and is the earliest attested form of both Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
The course provides a basic introduction to Old Gaelic - the earliest form of a Celtic language which we can reconstruct with some certainty. Old Gaelic holds the key to the earliest vernacular literature north of the Alps. It is also of prime importance to comparative Celtic Philology, as it is the earliest attested form of both Irish and Scottish Gaelic. The course consists of an exposition of Old Gaelic grammar accompanied by appropriate translation exercises and grammatical interpretation of selected passages in Old Gaelic. The course will also take some account of the similarities and differences between Old Gaelic and the other Insular Celtic languages.
This course is available to students on all degree programmes (other than Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies) as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement.
This course may not be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with its counterpart in the other Honours year.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Continuous assessment; Language Exercises (40%); 1 two-hour written examination (60%).
There are no assessments for this course.
Feedback is given in writing on students' work. Informal feedback is provided verbally each week in response to students' translations etc.