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Four pre-english river names in and around Fenland: Chater, Granta, Nene and Welland

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  • Linguistics


In the context of discussion by Vennemann (1994) and Kitson (1996) in this journal about the linguistic nature of some ancient European river-names, I offer accounts of four unexplained or unsatisfactorily explained names in England. I argue that these four are pre-English in origin: that one (Granta) is Old European, in the sense of the term introduced by Hans Krahe (1962, 1964) whose position informs Kitson's work, and that the other three can be interpreted as British Celtic, borrowed into Old English [OE] at the Neo-Brittonic stage datable to c.400-600 CE

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