Prof Patrick Sims-Williams

MA (Caer-grawnt), PhD (Birmingham), FBA

Prof Patrick Sims-Williams

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Sims-Williams recently completed a book on Irish influence on medieval Welsh literature which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He also does research on the early Celtic languages, including Old Irish, Old and Middle Welsh, and the ancient Continental Celtic languages. He recently published a two-volume study of Roman inscriptions containing Celtic personal names, jointly with Marilynne E. Raybould (2007, 2009), and he is currently writing the linguistic commentary for the third and final volume of A Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones and Stone Sculpture in Wales (2007- ). In 2009 he delivered the John V. Kelleher Lecture in Harvard University on 'How our understanding of early Irish literature has progressed'. He has edited Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies since 1981. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and directs the Academy's research project on the Development of the Welsh Language (Datblygiad yr Iaith Gymraeg).


Sims-Williams, PP 2008, Arysgrifau Diweddarach a'r Ieithoedd Arnynt. in P Wakelin & RA Griffiths (eds), Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru. Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales , pp. 116-117.
Sims-Williams, P 2007, Studies on Celtic Languages before the Year 1000. CMCS Publications.
Raybould, M & Sims-Williams, P 2007, The geography of Celtic personal names in the Latin inscriptions of the Roman Empire. CMCS Publications.
Raybould, M & Sims-Williams, P 2007, A Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire containing Celtic personal names. CMCS Publications.
Sims-Williams, P 2006, Ancient Celtic Place-Names in Europe and Asia Minor: Publications of the Philological Society, 39. Wiley.
Sims-Williams, P 2005, The Iron House in Ireland: H.M.Chadwick Memorial Lectures. Cambridge University Press.
Sims-Williams, P 2002, The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology, c. 400-1200, Publications of the Philological Society, 37. Wiley.
Sims-Williams, P 1990, Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511553042
Sims-Williams, P 1990, Some Celtic Otherworld Terms. in ATE Matonis & DF Melia (eds), Celtic Language, Celtic Culture: A Festschrift for Eric P. Hamp. Ford & Bailie, Van Nuys, California, pp. 57-81.
Sims-Williams, P 1990, Irish Elements in Late Medieval Welsh Literature: The Problem of Cuhelyn and Nyf. in MJ Ball, J Fife, E Poppe & J Rowland (eds), Celtic Linguistics/Ieithyddiaeth Geltaidd: Readings in the Brythonic Languages, Festschrift for T. Arwyn Watkins. vol. 68, Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 277-295.
Sims-Williams, P 1990, Dating the Transition to Neo-Brittonic: Phonology and History, 400-600. in A Bammesberger & A Wollmann (eds), Britain 400-600: Language and History. vol. 205, Anglistische Forschungen, Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, pp. 217-261.
Sims-Williams, P 1990, 'Cú Chulainn in Wales: Welsh Sources for Irish Onomastics' Studia Celtica, vol 21, pp. 620-633.
Sims-Williams, P 1989, 'Fionn and Deirdre in Late Medieval Wales' Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies, vol 23, pp. 1-15.
Sims-Williams, P 1989, The Irish Geography of Culhwch and Olwen. in D O Carrain, L Breatnach & K McCone (eds), Sages, Saints and Storytellers: Celtic Studies in honour of James Carney. vol. 2, Maynooth Monographs, Maynooth, pp. 412-426.
Sims-Williams, P 1988, 'St Wilfrid and two charters dated AD 676 and 680' Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol 39, no. 2, pp. 163-183. DOI: 10.1017/S0022046900020649
Sims-Williams, P 1988, 'William Morgan (1545-1604)', The Eagle, 71 296.
Sims-Williams, P 1986, 'The Visionary Celt: The Construction of an Ethnic Preconception' Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies, vol 11, pp. 71-96.
Sims-Williams, P 1985, Thoughts on Ephrem the Syrian in Anglo-Saxon England. in M Lapidge & H Gneuss (eds), Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies presented to Peter Clemoes on the occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Cambridge, pp. 205-226.
Sims-Williams, P 1985, Cyfieithiadau o Waith y Gogynfeirdd: Llyfryddiaeth Fer. in JEC Williams (ed.), Ysgrifau Beirniadol. vol. 13, Gwasg Gee | Gee Press, pp. 39-47.
Sims-Williams, P 1984, 'The Double System of Verbal Inflexion in Old Irish' Transactions of the Philological Society, vol 82, no. 1, pp. 138-201. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.1984.tb01211.x
Sims-Williams, P 1984, Gildas and Vernacular Poetry. in Gildas: New Approaches. Woodbridge, pp. 169-192.
Sims-Williams, P 1983, 'The settlement of England in Bede and the Chronicle' Anglo-Saxon England, vol 12, pp. 1-41. DOI: 10.1017/S0263675100003331
Sims-Williams, P 1983, Dafydd ap Gwilym and Celtic Literature. in B Ford (ed.), Medieval Literature: The European Inheritance. Harmondsworth, pp. 301-317.
Sims-Williams, P 1983, 'Gildas and the Anglo-Saxons' Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies, vol 6, pp. 1-30.
Sims-Williams, P 1983, 'William of Malmesbury and La silloge epigrafica di Cambridge' Archivum historiae pontificiae, vol 21, pp. 9-33.
Sims-Williams, P 1982, 'The Significance of the Irish Personal Names in Culhwch ac Olwen' Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol 29, pp. 600-620.
Sims-Williams, P 1982, 'The Development of the Indo-European Voiced Labiovelars in Celtic' Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol 29, pp. 201-229, 690.
Sims-Williams, P 1982, The Evidence for Vernacular Irish Literary Influence on Early Mediaeval Welsh Literature. in D Whitelock, R McKitterick & D Dumville (eds), Ireland in Early Mediaeval Europe: Studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes. Cambridge University Press, pp. 235-257.
Sims-Williams, P 1980, 'A Welsh Grammar' British book news, pp. 669-670.
Sims-Williams, P 1980, 'A Guide to Welsh Literature' British book news, vol 2, pp. 695-696.
Sims-Williams, P 1980, 'anfab, “illegitimate child”: A Ghost-Word' Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol 28, pp. 90-93.
Sims-Williams, P 1980, 'gan: Poems of Taliesin III. 5' Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol 28, pp. 402-403.
Sims-Williams, P 1979, 'An Unpublished Seventh- or Eighth-Century Anglo-Latin Letter in Boulogne-sur-Mer MS 74 (82)' Medium Aevum, vol 48, pp. 1-22.
Sims-Williams, P 1978, 'Riddling Treatment of the “Watchman Device” in Branwen and Togail Bruidne Da Derga' Studia Celtica, pp. 83-117.
Sims-Williams, P 1978, '"Is it Fog or Smoke or Warriors Fighting?": Irish and Welsh Parallels to the Finnsburg Fragment' Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol 27, pp. 505-514.
Sims-Williams, P 1978, 'Thought, Word and Deed: An Irish Triad' Ériu, vol 29, pp. 78-111.
Sims-Williams, P 1978, 'Report on a Course held in the Computer Unit of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 10th-14th April 1978, on the Use of Computers in Textual Analysis and Bibliography' Bulletin of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, vol 6, pp. 159-160.
Sims-Williams, P 1976, 'Cuthswith, Seventh-Century Abbess of Inkberrow, near Worcester, and the Würzburg Manuscript of Jerome on Ecclesiastes' Anglo-Saxon England, vol 5, pp. 1-21. DOI: 10.1017/S0263675100000752
Sims-Williams, P 1975, 'Continental Influence at Bath Monastery in the Seventh Century' Anglo-Saxon England, vol 4, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1017/S0263675100002672
Sims-Williams, P 2013, 'Variation in Middle Welsh Conjugated Prepositions: Chronology, Register and Dialect' Transactions of the Philological Society, vol 111, no. 1, pp. 1-50. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2012.01311.x
Sims-Williams, P 2012, 'Celtic Civilization: Continuity or Coincidence?' Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, vol 64, pp. 1-45.
Sims-Williams, P 2012, Bronze- and Iron-Age Celtic-speakers: what don't we know, what can't we know, and what could we know? Language, genetics and archaeology 1998-2008. in Antiquaries Journal.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, Tochmarc Becfhola: A “Peculiar Confused Tale”? in CSANA Year-Book, 8-9: Proceedings of the Celtic Studies Association of North America. Colgate University Press, pp. 228-234.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, Celto-Etruscan Speculations. in ER Luján & JLG Alonso (eds), A Greek Man in the Iberian Street: Papers in Linguistics and Epigraphy in Honour of Javier de Hoz. Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, vol. 140, Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen, pp. 275-284.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, 'Shrewsbury School MS 7 and the Breton Lays' Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, vol 60, pp. 39-80.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, Tochmarc Becfhola: a "peculiarly confused tale"? in CSANA Year-Book.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature. Oxford University Press.
Sims-Williams, P 2011, Rhai Addasiadau Cymraeg Canol o Sieffre o Fynwy. Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, Aberystwyth.
Sims-Williams, P 2010, 'The European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH): Editorial' Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies, vol 58, pp. 1-8.
Sims-Williams, P 2010, 'The spread of "sandhi h-" in thirteenth-century Welsh' Transactions of the Philological Society, vol 108, no. 1, pp. 41-52. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2009.01222.x
Sims-Williams, P 2009, Celto-Iranica. in F De Blois, A Hintze & W Sundermann (eds), Exegisti Monumenta: Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Harrassowitz, pp. 463-467.
Falileyev, A & Sims-Williams, PP 2009, Celtic Dacia: Personal Names, Place-Names and Ethnic Names of Celtic Origin in Dacia and Scythia Minor. 2 edn, CMCS Publications.
Sims-Williams, P & Raybould, ME 2009, Introduction and Supplement to the Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire Containing Celtic Personal Names. CMCS Publications.
Sims-Williams, P 2009, The God Ialonos in Britain and Gaul. in R Haeussler & AC King (eds), Continuity and Innovation in Religion in the Roman West, II. Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series, 67, Volume 2, (Portsmouth, Rhode Island 2008), pp. 83-85.
Sims-Williams, PP 2008, 'Kel'tomanija i Kel'toskepticism' Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie : Teorija i Istorija Literatury, Kritika i Bibliografija , vol 57, pp. 179-191.
Sims-Williams, PP 2008, The Problem of Spirantization and Nasalization in Brittonic Celtic. in A Lubotsky, J Schaeden & J Wiedenhof (eds), Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in honour of Frederik Kortlandt I, Baltic and Indo-European Linguistics, Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics, 32. Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in honour of Frederik Kortlandt, I Baltic and Indo-European Linguistics, pp. 509-525.
Sims-Williams, PP 2008, Early Inscriptions and their Language. in P Wakelin & RA Griffiths (eds), Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales. Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales, pp. 102-103.
Sims-Williams, PP 2008, Later Inscriptions and the Use of Language. in P Wakelin & RA Griffiths (eds), Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales. Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales, pp. 116-117.
Sims-Williams, PP 2008, Arysgrifau Cynnar a'u Hiaith. in P Wakelin & RA Griffiths (eds), Trysorau Cudd:Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru. Trysorau Cudd:Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru, pp. 102-103.