Introduction
in The spoken word

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the relationship between speech and writing both within a single language, Welsh, and between two languages, Welsh and English. It provides a study that pursues the influence of religion on another minority language, Gaelic at the respective frontiers between Highland and Lowland, and between orality and literacy. The book demonstrates that the eighteenth-century Scottish clergy used the popular medium of Gaelic in oral and written form to advance the Gospel. It explores discussions of history in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book shows how tradition and history came together in the 'genealogical histories' of Gaelic Scotland after the Restoration. It suggests a typology of the genealogical histories and explains their relationship to earlier forms of both oral and written history.

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The spoken word

Oral culture in Britain 1500–1850

Editors: Adam Fox and Daniel Woolf
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