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If you set a story in a Celtic Otherworld which is co-located with London, your otherworldly Celts are not all that likely to speak Irish; a lost eastern dialect of Welsh is more probable.

If you set a story in 1666, and your viewpoint character does not have access to time-travel, he probably would not be familiar with the concepts of telegraphing, or oxygen.

Just saying, like.

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del_c
May. 20th, 2013 09:05 am (UTC)
Irish is Celtic and Celtic is Irish. Anything else is just crazy talk, man. Ask any American science fiction or fantasy writer.
nwhyte
May. 20th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
I have to say I have seen English writers do this too - here's one example.
peadarog
May. 20th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's a long time since I read it, but don't the "English" fairies of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel use a few Irish words too?
steepholm
May. 20th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Alas, some people need a kick in the goidels.

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