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Chronologicon Hibernicum – A Probabilistic Chronological Framework for Dating Early Irish Language Developments and Literature

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Project "ChronHib" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CO KILDARE
city: Maynooth
postcode: W23

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙804˙229 €
 EC max contribution 1˙804˙229 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH IE (Maynooth) coordinator 1˙804˙229.00


 Project objective

Early Medieval Irish literature (7th–10th centuries) is vast in extent and rich in genres, but owing to its mostly anonymous transmission, for most texts the precise time and circumstances of composition are unknown. Unless where texts contain historical references, the only clues for a rough chronological positioning of the texts are to be found in their linguistic peculiarities. Phonology, morphology, syntax and the lexicon of the Irish language changed considerably from Early Old Irish (7th c.) into Middle Irish (c. 10th–12th centuries). However, only the relative sequence of changes is well understood; for most sound changes very few narrow dates have been proposed so far. It is the aim of Chronologicon Hibernicum to find a common solution for both problems: through the linguistic profiling of externally dated texts (esp. annalistic writing and sources with a clear historical anchorage) and through serialising the emerging linguistic and chronological data, progress will be made in assigning dates to the linguistic changes. Groundbreakingly, this will be done by using statistical methods for the seriation of the data, and for estimating dates using Bayesian inference. The resultant information will then be used to find new dates for hitherto undated texts. On this basis, a much tighter chronological framework for the developments of the Early Medieval Irish language will be created. In a further step it will be possible to arrive at a better chronological description of medieval Irish literature as a whole, which will have repercussions on the study of the history and cultural and intellectual environment of medieval Ireland and on its connections with the wider world. The data collected and analysed in this project will form the database Chronologicon Hibernicum which will serve as the authoritative guideline and reference point for the linguistic dating of Irish texts. In the future, the methodology will be transferable to other languages.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 David Stifter
Featured Linguist: David Stifter. Why am I a linguist ‒ A tale of three spells
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Linguist List 2019-06-06
2016 David Stifter
Metrical systems of Celtic traditions
published pages: 38-94, ISSN: 0108-8416, DOI: 10.1075/nowele.69.1.02sti
NOWELE 69/1 2019-06-06
2017 David Stifter
Varia II. The Origin of Time
published pages: 219, ISSN: 0332-0758, DOI: 10.3318/ERIU.2017.67.4
Ériu 67 2019-06-06
2016 David Stifter
review of: Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis, The Indo-European Controversy. Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics, Cambridge University Press 2015
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Linguist List 27 2019-06-06
2018 Elliott Lash, Aaron Griffith
Coordinate Subjects, Expletives, and the EPP in Early Irish
published pages: 87-156, ISSN: 0962-1377, DOI: 10.16922/jcl.19.5
Journal of Celtic Linguistics 19/1 2019-06-06
2017 Elliott Lash
A quantitative analysis of e/i variation in Old Irish etar and ceta
published pages: 141, ISSN: 0332-0758, DOI: 10.3318/ERIU.2017.67.3
Ériu 67 2019-06-06
2018 Fangzhe Qiu
review of: Gard B. Jenset and Barbara McGillivray, Quantitative Historical Linguistics, Oxford University Press 2017
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Linguist List 2019-04-18
2018 Stifter
The stars look very different today
published pages: 29, ISSN: 0332-0758, DOI: 10.3318/eriu.2018.68.5
Ériu 68 2019-08-29

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