A collection of 10 essays on Early Welsh. Contents: The etymology of Welsh chwith and the semantics and morphology of PIE *k(w)sweibh– (Peter Schrijver); Rowynniauc, Rhufoniog : the orthography and phonology of /m/ in Early Welsh (Paul Russell); Old English literacy and the provenance of Welsh y (Peter Kitson); Two developments in medieval literary Welsh and their implications for dating texts (Simon Rodway ; The structure and typology of prepositional relative clauses in Early Welsh (Graham Isaac); The dry point glosses in Oxoniensis Posterior (Alexander Falileyev and Paul Russell); The Old Welsh glosses on Weights and Measures (Pierre-Yves Lambert); Marwnad Cunedda a diwedd y Brydain Rufeinig ( John T Koch ); Are there elements of non-standard language in the work of the Gogynfeirdd? (Peter Busse); The Progressive in Ystorya Bown de Hamtwn (Erich Poppe).
Yr Hen Iaith
Studies in Early Welsh
Paul Russell (Editor)
This carefully edited volume is an important contribution to scholarly interpretation of the Welsh language. Ideally it should inspire the compilation before long of a detailed and thoroughgoing history and analysis of Early, Old and Middle Welsh overall. (D. Ellis Evans, Studia Celtica 38 (2004), p.205)
The essays are wide-ranging both in period … and in subject. … Paul Russel is to be congratulated for bringing together such a stimulating collection. ‘O bydded i’r Hen Iaith barhau!’ (Jon Coe, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, 49 (Summer 2005), pp. 73-4)
Yr Hen Iaith: Studies in Early Welsh … is a varied and valuable collection of essays on aspects of the history of the Welsh language prior to 1500. (Christine Jones, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, 65 (2003), p. 441)
The editor is to be congratulated for having … produced such an impressive (and no doubt important) work which is indeed a big step forward in the study of Early Welsh. (Stefan Zimmer, Journal of Celtic Linguistics 8 (2004),p. 159)