Goidelic


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Goidelic

(goidĕl`ĭk), or Gaelic, group of languages belonging to the Celtic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. See Celtic languagesCeltic languages,
subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. At one time, during the Hellenistic period, Celtic speech extended all the way from Britain and the Iberian Peninsula in the west across Europe to Asia Minor in the east, where a district still known as
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also called Irish Gaelic and Erse, member of the Goidelic group of the Celtic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Celtic languages). The history of Irish as a literary language falls into three periods: Old Irish (7th–9th cent. A.D.
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Goidelic

, Goidhelic, Gadhelic
the N group of Celtic languages, consisting of Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx
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The town itself developed around a Roman naval fort, used as a base from which to sort out the Goidelic pirates plaguing the Irish Sea: the fourth century fort still stands remarkably intact, smack in the middle of Holyhead, surrounded by a 13ft high curtain wall of stones in the peculiarly Roman herring-bone pattern.
Equally, the Plantation of Ulster, a project made possible by the Reformation, destroyed the unity of the Gaels and did serious damage to the survival chances of the new Goidelic languages which were to emerge as a result.
Sewin' derives, enchantingly, from some Celtic stem, either Brythonic or Goidelic, that also evolved into Irish and Scots Gaelic, and Manx and Breton - languages which have names similar to 'sewin' for the migratory-minded brown trout.