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Oct. 7th, 2007

Victoria Frances Butterfly



As your moderator, I feel a bit ashamed to not have introduced myself before posting a real entry. The current members of this comm. know me anyway, but well, after Esther's good example, I feel a proper introduction of my person is in order :).

Off the web, I'm known as Iris, I'm 22 and I've just graduated from Celtic Studies in Utrecht (last Wednesday!). I have both my Bachelor's and Master's degree and I haven't been abroad while studying Celtic Languages and Culture. My main interest in Celtic Studies is studying the languages and other linguistic stuff, during my studies I've learned to read / translate Old Irish, Middle Irish, Middle Welsh, Modern Welsh, Middle Breton, Modern Breton and even some Cornish (Middle and Modern, but they are quite alike). I really love translating!

I kinda miss my student life already, even though I've just said goodbye to it...

Okay, that was my little introduction story, it's not that long and informative, but I'm quite tired.. if you have any questions, ask :)

Furthermore, a little request I also made in my personal LJ: does anyone have interesting photos from Celtic countries we could turn into nice userpics for the comm.? By the way, I have no idea how many we could create? Just one, because this is a comm. and no average journal or the regular 15 or so?

By the way, to make these introductions easier, I will (hopefully soon) make a list new members could fill in :).
Valkyries Vigil



I thought it might be a nice idea to start by introducing ourselves? I know that I for one don't know all Utrecht Celts, so probably not all Utrecht Celts know me either. Here goes: 

My name is Esther, I'm 25 years old and living in Galway, Ireland. I'm here to do a PhD in Old Irish secondary verbs (yes, I am the type of weirdo that absolutely loves grammar and comparative linguistics and the funny words with stars in front of them and h'es with subscript 1-3) and I am in my second year. Secondary verbs, by the way, are verbs that have not been inherited from PIE, but have been created within the language itself. In Old Irish, most of the weak verbs are secondary and an productive way of creating a secondary verb in Old Irish is by taking a noun or adjective, add the suffix -(a)ig-, with usually a deponent ending. 
Other than studying, I also teach tutorials in Old Irish for beginners, and Celtic Civilisation for the first years. I love teaching and researching so I am quite sure I am at the right place. 

I studied in Utrecht for two years, mainly with Bart Jaski and Leni van Strien. I love Galway, but I miss Utrecht.

Oct. 5th, 2007

Victoria Frances Butterfly


Gegroet, mijn waarde collegae

So, I thought it was time for a first entry in our newly created Utrecht Celts community!
I don't really have time now to make lay-out changes and things like that, but I thought it would be nice to start using this community for a bit!
(Although I think more Celts from Utrecht should join, we only have 4 members now - including myself - and I just KNOW there are more Utrecht Celts out there.)

As to news on the Celtic Studies Utrecht front, a Cornish study group has been set up! Of course, as a fan of the Cornish language, I am more than delighted about this, especially since both Peter and Lauran will be involved!
Anyway, this is how it works: there will be a 'class' once a month, and the objectives are learning a bit of Cornish, of course, and writing a paper about it (including a short presentation)! The total amount of classes is 8, and the themes are: introduction, grammar, prose, poetry and history. There's also an 'eigen inbreng' part, in which the students choose the themes themselves and can ask questions.

Anyway, I'm excited, and I wanna join! So I hope you will come too ^_^.

That's it for now, don't hesitate to post comments and other stuffs, I officially declare this community 'in use'!
Have fun =)!

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