Noun Formation in British Celtic

A comprehensive work on British Celtic noun formation on a historical-comparative basis is a  pronounced desideratum in Indo-European studies. Patrizia de Bernardo-Stempel’s treatment of the Irish noun (Nominale Wortbildung des älteren Irischen, 1999) rarely extends the historical analysis to the other Celtic languages, and Stefan Zimmer’s work on Welsh (Studies in Welsh Word Formation, 2000) mainly deals with nominal composition and productive, easily identifiable suffixes.

The particular importance of these languages to the understanding of Indo-European word formation lies in the fact that a number of typical dervational elements  (e.g. *-nt-, *-es-, *-ter-) have lost their productivity on account of a series of radical phonetic changes. Therefore, it is to be expected that the lexicalized relics found by scrutiny of the entire vocabulary actually go back to the protolanguage.

Scholar in charge

Anders Richardt Jørgensen