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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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la_marquise_de_
May. 20th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
I suspect it might be something closer to Proto-Celtic, as evidenced in early Gaulish inscriptions. Not much good evidence for a serious Q-Celtic presence in that area that early (unless you buy into diffusionism, which I don't. I'm on the John Hines side of that debate.) If it was the south-west, then some Q-Celtic influence is more plausible, just about. But if people must do pan-Celticism (and I really, really, really wish they wouldn't, then Proto-Celtic is the safest choice in fiction).

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