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Re: Ancient History.
At 15:55 2/7/98, Padraic Brown wrote:
>Ah well. I've meant to ask before, but keep forgetting: do you know any
>titles of books that deal with Welsh etymology and/or reconstructions of
>Brittonic? All I have is one for Gaulish (and not a reconstruction,
>either); and while helpful, I'm sure not of direct influence on either
>Brithenig or Welsh.
I used to go to University Library at Cardiff when I lived in Newport in
South Wales. Alas, I never noted titles (I didn't know then that I'd come
across Brithenig one day ;-)
Gaulish is considered to be close to Brittonic; indeed, many of Celtic
tribes, e.g. Parisi(i), had branches on both sides of the Chanel. The last
Celtic immigrants, the Belgae, had been in Britain only about 50 years
before Caesar paid his summer visit here in 45 BC. So your Gaulish source
should be helpful.
But I'll see what else I can find.
>> Ach - LLYWELYN please - Llewellyn is a horrid anglicism. As for the
>> etymolgy, I must plead ignorance. The first element must surely be the
>> same as in Llywarch. And besides Llywelyn we also have Llywel as a
>> masculine name & Llywela as a feminine. I have seen it suggested that
>> Llyw- is from Llew "lion".
>Perhaps lindos for lyn?
Hadn't thought of that. But then what about that awkward -e- between Llyw-