Language and Community in the Nineteenth Century
Distributed for University of Wales Press
This is the third volume in a pioneering series of authoritative studies on the social history of the Welsh language. It contains fourteen chapters, all written by acknowledged experts in the field, together with many explanatory maps and figures. The volume seeks to make a contribution to our understanding of the complex relationship between language and community in the long nineteenth century. The linguistic geography of Wales is placed within the context of the Celtic language family and the broader central European experience.
The projected series on 'A Social History of the Welsh Language' - the fruits of the second major research project of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies of the University of Wales - will interest and intrigue the general public as well as specialists in the field and help readers to familiarise themselves with the history of a language which, over the centuries, has been an integral part of the everyday life of the Welsh people and of their sense of nationhood.
“. . . another impressive volume and another major contribution to our understanding of the history of the Welsh language.” –Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
“This book will become required reading for historians of the principality.” –Social History Bulletin
“. . . a very important contribution to Welsh social history, and to historical sociolinguistics and comparative linguistics geography in general . . .” –Journal of Sociolinguistics