Fwd: Celtic studies



Subject: Fwd: Celtic studies
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 05:19:06 EDT

The honour is ours! I think that your analysis is accurate. It is also true that the Celtic languages are distinct languages, not dialects, having been evolving for about twelve thousand years from proto Celtic, which itself evolved from proto Indo-European, estimated to be about thirty thousand years old. The DNA shared by modern Celtic language speakers is the Atlantic modal haplogroup. The Basque DNA is identical, and Basque is pre Indo European. The most ancient traces of the DNA are fifty thousand years old, in the Baikal region of Siberia. There is a voluminous literature on the Celtic languages, and Celtic studies. The ancient alphabet used in Ireland was runic. It is known that about 400 BC, most of Europe spoke Celtic languages. There is an Institute of Advanced Celtic studies in Aberystwyth, which is grade 5. They make advanced studies of Welsh, Cornish and Breton (Brythonic Celtic) and Irish, Manx and Gaelic (Goidelic Celtic). There are many online dictionaries and grammars for all the extant Celtic languages. The structure is considerably different form modern languages, and they should in my opinion be regarded as classical languages in the same way as Greek and Latin. However they are spoken classical languages. Each language has its own dialects, my particular one being Silurian, which was very much alive as the language of for example coal miners. This is a people referred to by the Romans as Silures. It is easy to see form place names and river names that the language of al of Britain was once Brythonic Celtic. IN fact the first extant poem in Brythonic is one written in Cymric, a language so similar to Welsh that I can understand the poem (sixth century) quite easily. It was written near Edinburgh (Dun Edin), in what is now called Scotland.

What is happening is that there is not enough effort going on to keep the spoken language alive here. There are excellent secondary schools in the Welsh medium, but no tertiary outlet. There is not enough effort to help the Welsh language National Eisteddfod, and very harmful monoglot immigration (looking just for cheap property without regard to culture or language) is eroding the language to such an extent that the United Nations has become concerned that it will become extinct. Of course I agree withyoru eloquent analysis, the extinction of a language is deeply shameful, it indicates cultural suicide as the poet R. S. Thomas put it. Rampant and pointless materialism is also indicated by such things as the closure, sale by auction and demolition of chapels an churches, one has the appalling spectacle of formerly Welsh speaking chapels an churches becoming holiday homes for cultureless immigrants. This indicates in turn a profound cultural amnesia and profound apathy verging on nihilistic stupor.

Language nests such as those founded for the Maori of New Zealand for example is one very successful answer, and there is a need for much more autonomy for the Welsh Assembly to introduce sweeping reforms to safeguard the language.

Myron Evans

cc Welsh Assembly

Dear Myron,

I am greatly honored by the invitation to participate in this project, and accept this with humility.

The importance of ancient languages cannot be overstated, as it is in these foundational communications that the cosmology and ontological mindsets are formed.

It is both wonderful and tragic that you hold the keys as the last in the line of a living tongue- the Silurian dialect. Being a relatively linguistically ignorant Australian, (certainly in terms of contemporary languages) my interest in language has come from my research into comparative cosmologies, and the correlation between the glyph, icon or symbol, letter, number, weaving patterns, and marks, and the concepts transmitted through these.

My ancestral roots are to both the midlands of England, and to southern Ireland. Being born in Australia, I am acutely aware of the genocide of the indigenous and the decimation of 500 different ancient languages, not dialects, where only 20 or so remain. It is the permission for such atrocities, and the inherent supremacy that continues to this day, (Congo) that I have been interested in exploring in depth, as it is here that serious hegemonic steering occurs, a fact that is far more obvious in Australia and its brief history as the dynamic between elites and the ordinary person. I have been studying Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and Cuneiform. Reading ancient texts, and following concepts through the evolving languages with particular interest in the more subtle notions, the ancient Greek diacritics, the punctuation marks and what today, becomes an extensive scientific and mathematical language based on the Greek Letter, and in no way dissociated from the reality and earth based roots of these expanded conceptual fields. They remain however, fields that are available only for the educated elite, and even then, few with the broad enough multidisciplinary perspective, that is necessary to see the connections and patterns. Hence contemporary experts in their fields and micro disciplines, are not well informed in the languages that they use as the means to applied systems or technologies. Those who seek to be informed by authorities, have no real access to this “new-old” world language, and indeed, with the fragmentation of disciplines, even those engaged in constructing the hardware and software that progresses the digital realm are not entirely able to see the means through which disambiguation can and has to occur.

Ultimately the annihilation of human rights, which are based on common law, is due to the negation of the natural living physiological sciences themselves, through advocating the project of mathematical idealism, which serves cultural relativism and top down dictates. This is a shift from a true epistemology as a foundation, to a linguistic base where the reduction of semantic meaning fields, has progressed in service of the construction of the digital information revolution. The failure to comprehend the implications of grounding an abstract language (digital) in real physical terms, (real electromagnetic pulses with every “1”) and hence projecting real impulses with every character that are not benign, nor impotent, nor immaterial will have radical and negative effects that are currently being realised in numerous living systems from amoebas to whales.

We are on the cusp of a most interesting era, and if we approach it without intense warfare, this world, and humanity may survive the possession of the technological singularity- which seeks to advance transhumanism, at the expense of transparency, and with this the science fiction drama becomes a far more serious and inescapable concern.

All languages are threatened at present, as are all voices, most of all, those that hold keys to the earth based measures. Ignorance has been nurtured, and prejudice cultivated to a point that it has gained its own momentum. Aspirational nationalism was the catch cry of the mid 2000’s, and now, at a point when I was feeling completely dissociated from this world, though working furiously on these books which are very difficult to complete, all of a sudden, I find community, with virtual strangers. It is a remarkable world, and the internet a remarkable space.

I will look forward to any materials that you could send me, with regards to the number system and the basic lexicon of words from as many of the ancient Welsh and Celtic dialects. I have a great interest in the symbolic structures, the pictographs, and geometrics that are often found in weaving patterns, as well as the myths, and commo
n rhymes, as these hold a mnemonic field that is often very rich.

Best Regards

Melanie Purcell.


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Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:08 AM
Subject: Fwd: Celtic studies

I look forward to seeing this department in being eventually, when Franco has finished the registration a difficult and valuable task. There are many courses, books, cassettes etc in Welsh, and also probably in Irish and Breton. The French Government is giving Brittany a little more autonomy.


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