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Women in the History of Linguistics$
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Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Helena Sanson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198754954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198754954.001.0001

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The female quest for the Celtic tongues of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

The female quest for the Celtic tongues of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

(p.305) 11 The female quest for the Celtic tongues of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
Women in the History of Linguistics

Bernhard Maier

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the female contribution to Celtic studies. It begins by expounding the context of the discipline in relation to nineteenth-century nationalism, surveying the predominantly male contributions during its formative period from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. It then examines the four main fields in which female scholars have made significant contributions, namely the collection of oral material, the publication of editions and translations, language activism including the production of grammars and textbooks, and linguistic studies of modern dialects and historical texts. The chapter concludes by discussing the social, political, religious, and educational reasons both for the comparatively small percentage of female scholars within the Celtic-speaking countries in general and for their comparatively high percentage in Irish studies. The chapter concludes by suggesting ways in which archival research might improve our understanding and appreciation of the female contribution to Celtic studies.

Keywords:   nationalism, Indo-European Studies, folklore, Celtic Revival, language activism

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