Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introduction to Early Gaelic (Old and Middle Irish) (Half-Course) CELTCIV4043

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the Early Gaelic (= Old Irish) language, covering key grammatical topics. By the end of the course, the student will be reading and translating short passages (Gaelic to English and English to Gaelic).


1x2 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Celtic & Gaelic and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus."

Requirements of Entry


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The mark for this module will be determined on the basis of four class exercises throughout (47.5%), general participation (2.5%), and a class test at the end of the course (50%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce the orthography, phonology and grammatical structure of the early Gaelic language;

■ Develop awareness of the historical development of the Gaelic language in its early written forms;

■ Provide a basic knowledge of the early Gaelic language.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Display a basic understanding of key aspects of Early Gaelic (Old Irish);

■ Perform translation and grammar exercises under test conditions.

■ Understanding of literary texts

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.