On 9 Aug 2011 at 9:22, Dennis King wrote:
> > Schrijver even claimed
> > that Irish may have arrived in Ireland as late as the 1st century AD.
> > I cannot think of lot arguments against this proposition, actually.
> Has he speculated on the path of their migration?
No, but I think he simply assumed the most natural route, viz. from
Britain. If I understood him correctly, he pictures Goidelic and
British to basically have been a single language (Insular Celtic)
until the beginning of the Christian era. After that, Irish developed
naturally, if I may say so, whereas British became heavily Latinised
or Romanised. Schrijver already a few years ago made the very
appropriate point that many changes that British underwent are
actually in parallel with Romance.