This family tree is based on the majority Kurgan Theory of the origin of Proto-Indo European in the steppes of eastern Europe (present-day Belorus and The Ukraine). There is growing evidence that the Q-Celtic language which is the immediate ancestor of Irish may have been a conservative Celtic tongue carried to the British Isles by seafarers from Iberia. The P-Celtic language which is the ancestor of Cornish (also Welsh, and the extinct Gaulish and Pictish languages) most likely came to Britain from what is now Belgium and France. According to the Kurgan Theory, the Celtic languages would have developed first in Central Europe, perhaps around the middle reaches of the Danube: what is now Slovakia, western Hungary, and into Austria and the Czech Republic.
© 2012 Ian Jackson