International Celtic Conference Glasgow ‘The Notes in the Book of Deer: ‘Early vernacular Scottish Gaelic’ or ‘Middle Irish’?

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The Gaelic notes in the Book of Deer, dating to the late 12th century, are our earliest attestation of Gaelic writing on Scottish soil. This paper examines the verbal morphology in these texts and concludes that there is no evidence of vernacular Scottish verbal forms and that, from the standpoint of verbal morphology, these notes conform with literary Middle Irish which reflects the strong influence of literary Irish norms.
Period17 Jul 2015
Held atUniversity of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational