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[EN] The Celticisms of the seventh century Irish hagiographers.
The Latin saints Lives written in Ireland in the seventh century provide a corpus of reliable texts which can be studied to assess the influence of the Celtic languages on the Latin prose of Insular writers. This survey, which excludes proper names, shows four types of interferences : use of Celtic words, use of latinized Celtic words, semantic modifications due to the influence of Irish, syntactical solecisms, especially in the use of prepositions. Finally, a section on pseudo-celticisms deals with several erroneous assumptions held by modern scholars on the Celtic origins of some Late Latin forms found in the prose of Irish hagiographers. This study of seventh century Latin saints Lives also contributes to a better understanding of the meaning of some Old Irish words.
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