The derivation of names

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:661
  1. D D R Williams, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Cefn Coed Hospital, Swansea

    Among the oldest words of any language are the names of rivers and mountains. In Western Europe these are commonly from the ancient Celtic language from which Welsh is derived. Apart from Basque, Welsh is the oldest living language of Western Europe, and Welsh speakers can often see the link between the old Celtic tongue and the names of waterways and land formations. …

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