IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1128: Names and Networks in Northern Britain, II: Gaelic Names and Language Change in Medieval Scotland

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'Gaelic in Medieval Scotland', Department of Celtic, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Thomas Owen Clancy, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Paper 1128-aGaelic in Medieval Scotland: The View from Fife
(Language: English)
Simon Taylor, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Onomastics
Paper 1128-bGaelic in Medieval Scotland: Settlement Names in Menteith
(Language: English)
Peter Edward McNiven, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Onomastics
Paper 1128-cPerambulating the Boundaries of Gaelic: Boundary Texts as a Witness to Language Change
(Language: English)
Gilbert Márkus, School of Humanities (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Onomastics
Abstract

One of the most dramatic and uncharted changes in Scottish history over the central Middle Ages was the advance of the Gaelic language over most of eastern and southern Scotland, and its rapid decline from many of these same regions by c.1400. This session explores, from a number of angles, the witness of place-names to this period of language change in the ‘inter-tidal zone’ over which Gaelic first spread and then retreated.