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).


IE *peug'- / *peuk'- 'to pierce' in Celtic: Old Irish og 'sharp point', ogam, and uaigid 'stitches', Gallo-Latin Mars Ugius, Old Welsh- ug and Middle Welsh -y 'fist', Middle Welsh vch 'fox', and ancient names like UcciusSims-Williams, P. 2017 In : Transactions of the Philological Society.116, 1, p. 117-13014 p.
Variation in Middle Welsh Conjugated Prepositions: Chronology, Register and DialectSims-Williams, P. 2013 In : Transactions of the Philological Society.111, 1, p. 1-5050 p.
Celtic Civilization: Continuity or Coincidence?Sims-Williams, P. 2012 In : Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies.64, p. 1-4545 p.
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 1998-2008Sims-Williams, P. 2012 Antiquaries Journal.
Tochmarc Becfhola: A “Peculiar Confused Tale”?Sims-Williams, P. 2011 CSANA Year-Book, 8-9: Proceedings of the Celtic Studies Association of North America.Colgate University Press, p. 228-2347 p.
Celto-Etruscan SpeculationsSims-Williams, P. 2011 A Greek Man in the Iberian Street: Papers in Linguistics and Epigraphy in Honour of Javier de Hoz. Luján, E. R. & Alonso, J. L. G. (eds.). Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen, p. 275-28410 p. (Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft; vol. 140)
Shrewsbury School MS 7 and the Breton LaysSims-Williams, P. 2011 In : Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies.60, p. 39-8042 p.
Tochmarc Becfhola: a "peculiarly confused tale"?Sims-Williams, P. 2011 CSANA Year-Book.
Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh LiteratureSims-Williams, P. 2011 Oxford University Press.
Rhai Addasiadau Cymraeg Canol o Sieffre o FynwySims-Williams, P. 2011 Aberystwyth: Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd. 58 p.
The European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH): EditorialSims-Williams, P. 2010 In : Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies.58, p. 1-88 p.
The spread of "sandhi h-" in thirteenth-century WelshSims-Williams, P. 2010 In : Transactions of the Philological Society.108, 1, p. 41-52
Celto-IranicaSims-Williams, P. 2009 Exegisti Monumenta: Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. De Blois, F., Hintze, A. & Sundermann, W. (eds.). Harrassowitz, p. 463-467
Celtic Dacia: Personal Names, Place-Names and Ethnic Names of Celtic Origin in Dacia and Scythia MinorFalileyev, A. & Sims-Williams, P. P. 2009 2 ed.CMCS Publications. 198 p.
Introduction and Supplement to the Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire Containing Celtic Personal NamesSims-Williams, P. & Raybould, M. E. 2009 CMCS Publications.
The God Ialonos in Britain and GaulSims-Williams, P. 2009 Continuity and Innovation in Religion in the Roman West, II. Haeussler, R. & King, A. C. (eds.). p. 83-853 p. (Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series, 67, Volume 2, (Portsmouth, Rhode Island 2008))
Arysgrifau Cynnar a'u HiaithSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 Trysorau Cudd:Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru. Wakelin, P. & Griffiths, R. A. (eds.). p. 102-1032 p. (Trysorau Cudd:Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru)
Arysgrifau Diweddarach a'r Ieithoedd ArnyntSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru. Wakelin, P. & Griffiths, R. A. (eds.). Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales , p. 116-1172 p. (Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru)
Kel'tomanija i Kel'toskepticismSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 In : Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie : Teorija i Istorija Literatury, Kritika i Bibliografija .57, p. 179-19113 p.
The Problem of Spirantization and Nasalization in Brittonic CelticSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in honour of Frederik Kortlandt I, Baltic and Indo-European Linguistics, Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics, 32. Lubotsky, A., Schaeden, J. & Wiedenhof, J. (eds.). p. 509-52517 p. (Evidence and Counter-Evidence: Essays in honour of Frederik Kortlandt, I Baltic and Indo-European Linguistics)
Early Inscriptions and their LanguageSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales. Wakelin, P. & Griffiths, R. A. (eds.). p. 102-1032 p. (Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales)
Later Inscriptions and the Use of LanguageSims-Williams, P. P. 2008 Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales. Wakelin, P. & Griffiths, R. A. (eds.). p. 116-1172 p. (Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales)
Studies on Celtic Languages before the Year 1000Sims-Williams, P. 2007 CMCS Publications.
The geography of Celtic personal names in the Latin inscriptions of the Roman EmpireRaybould, M. & Sims-Williams, P. 2007 CMCS Publications.
A Corpus of Latin Inscriptions of the Roman Empire containing Celtic personal namesRaybould, M. & Sims-Williams, P. 2007 CMCS Publications.
Ancient Celtic Place-Names in Europe and Asia Minor: Publications of the Philological Society, 39Sims-Williams, P. 2006 Wiley.
The Iron House in Ireland: H.M.Chadwick Memorial LecturesSims-Williams, P. 2005 Cambridge University Press.
The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology, c. 400-1200, Publications of the Philological Society, 37Sims-Williams, P. 2002 Wiley. 801 p.
Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800Sims-Williams, P. 1990 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 448 p.
Some Celtic Otherworld TermsSims-Williams, P. 1990 Celtic Language, Celtic Culture: A Festschrift for Eric P. Hamp. Matonis, A. T. E. & Melia, D. F. (eds.). Van Nuys, California: Ford & Bailie, p. 57-8125 p.
Irish Elements in Late Medieval Welsh Literature: The Problem of Cuhelyn and NyfSims-Williams, P. 1990 Celtic Linguistics/Ieithyddiaeth Geltaidd: Readings in the Brythonic Languages, Festschrift for T. Arwyn Watkins. Ball, M. J., Fife, J., Poppe, E. & Rowland, J. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, Vol. 68, p. 277-29519 p. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory)
Dating the Transition to Neo-Brittonic: Phonology and History, 400-600Sims-Williams, P. 1990 Britain 400-600: Language and History. Bammesberger, A. & Wollmann, A. (eds.). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, Vol. 205, p. 217-26145 p. (Anglistische Forschungen)
Cú Chulainn in Wales: Welsh Sources for Irish OnomasticsSims-Williams, P. 1990 In : Studia Celtica.21, p. 620-63314 p.
Fionn and Deirdre in Late Medieval WalesSims-Williams, P. 1989 In : Éigse: A Journal of Irish Studies.23, p. 1-1515 p.
The Irish Geography of Culhwch and OlwenSims-Williams, P. 1989 Sages, Saints and Storytellers: Celtic Studies in honour of James Carney. O Carrain, D., Breatnach, L. & McCone, K. (eds.). Maynooth: Maynooth Monographs, Vol. 2, p. 412-42615 p.
St Wilfrid and two charters dated AD 676 and 680Sims-Williams, P. 1988 In : Journal of Ecclesiastical History.39, 2, p. 163-18321 p.
William Morgan (1545-1604)Sims-Williams, P. 1988 The Eagle, 71, 296
The Visionary Celt: The Construction of an Ethnic PreconceptionSims-Williams, P. 1986 In : Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies.11, p. 71-9626 p.
Thoughts on Ephrem the Syrian in Anglo-Saxon EnglandSims-Williams, P. 1985 Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies presented to Peter Clemoes on the occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Lapidge, M. & Gneuss, H. (eds.). Cambridge, p. 205-22622 p.
Cyfieithiadau o Waith y Gogynfeirdd: Llyfryddiaeth FerSims-Williams, P. 1985 Ysgrifau Beirniadol. Williams, J. E. C. (ed.). Gwasg Gee | Gee Press, Vol. 13, p. 39-479 p.
The Double System of Verbal Inflexion in Old IrishSims-Williams, P. 1984 In : Transactions of the Philological Society.82, 1, p. 138-20164 p.
Gildas and Vernacular PoetrySims-Williams, P. 1984 Gildas: New Approaches. Woodbridge, p. 169-19224 p.
The settlement of England in Bede and the ChronicleSims-Williams, P. 1983 In : Anglo-Saxon England.12, p. 1-4141 p.
Dafydd ap Gwilym and Celtic LiteratureSims-Williams, P. 1983 Medieval Literature: The European Inheritance. Ford, B. (ed.). Harmondsworth, p. 301-31717 p.
Gildas and the Anglo-SaxonsSims-Williams, P. 1983 In : Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies.6, p. 1-3030 p.
William of Malmesbury and La silloge epigrafica di CambridgeSims-Williams, P. 1983 In : Archivum historiae pontificiae.21, p. 9-3325 p.
The Significance of the Irish Personal Names in Culhwch ac OlwenSims-Williams, P. 1982 In : Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies.29, p. 600-62021 p.
The Development of the Indo-European Voiced Labiovelars in CelticSims-Williams, P. 1982 In : Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies.29, p. 201-229, 69030 p.
The Evidence for Vernacular Irish Literary Influence on Early Mediaeval Welsh LiteratureSims-Williams, P. 1982 Ireland in Early Mediaeval Europe: Studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes. Whitelock, D., McKitterick, R. & Dumville, D. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 235-25723 p.
A Welsh GrammarSims-Williams, P. 1980 In : British book news.p. 669-6702 p.
A Guide to Welsh LiteratureSims-Williams, P. 1980 In : British book news.2, p. 695-6962 p.
anfab, “illegitimate child”: A Ghost-WordSims-Williams, P. 1980 In : Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies.28, p. 90-934 p.
gan: Poems of Taliesin III. 5Sims-Williams, P. 1980 In : Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies.28, p. 402-4032 p.
An Unpublished Seventh- or Eighth-Century Anglo-Latin Letter in Boulogne-sur-Mer MS 74 (82)Sims-Williams, P. 1979 In : Medium Aevum.48, p. 1-2222 p.
Riddling Treatment of the “Watchman Device” in Branwen and Togail Bruidne Da DergaSims-Williams, P. 1978 In : Studia Celtica.p. 83-11735 p.
"Is it Fog or Smoke or Warriors Fighting?": Irish and Welsh Parallels to the Finnsburg FragmentSims-Williams, P. 1978 In : Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies.27, p. 505-51410 p.
Thought, Word and Deed: An Irish TriadSims-Williams, P. 1978 In : Ériu.29, p. 78-11134 p.
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 BibliographySims-Williams, P. 1978 In : Bulletin of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing.6, p. 159-1602 p.
Cuthswith, Seventh-Century Abbess of Inkberrow, near Worcester, and the Würzburg Manuscript of Jerome on EcclesiastesSims-Williams, P. 1976 In : Anglo-Saxon England.5, p. 1-2121 p.
Continental Influence at Bath Monastery in the Seventh CenturySims-Williams, P. 1975 In : Anglo-Saxon England.4, p. 1-1010 p.