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Syntactic analysis of the Gaelic settlement-names highlights the possibility that some were coined in the Early Medieval period.
It also identifies names which are perhaps unlikely to have been coined before the early 10th century. from Gaelic to ON and from ON to Gaelic, are identified and these reveal something of the chronology of individual settlement-names, in addition to providing evidence for language contact.
2017, Écosse / Scotland, Langues et onomastique / Language and onomastics, Migrations et diasporas / Migration and diasporas, Monde viking (VIIIe-XIe siècle) / The Viking World (8th-11th c.), Thèses / Theses, Thèses soutenues / Defended theses Résumé/abstract : This is a study of settlement and society in the parish of Torosay on the Inner Hebridean island of Mull, through the earliest known settlement-names of two of its medieval districts: Forsa and Moloros.
The earliest settlement-names, 35 in total, were coined in two languages: Gaelic and Old Norse (hereafter abbreviated to ON) (see Abbreviations, below).
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A number of the settlement-names have not hitherto been located or been subject to etymological analysis, no previous study having comprehensively engaged with their earliest forms.