Chronologicon Hibernicum: A Probabilistic Chronological Framework for Dating Early Irish Language Developments and Literature

  • Fangzhe QiuEmail author
  • David Stifter
  • Bernhard Bauer
  • Elliott Lash
  • Tianbo Ji
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)


This paper introduces the ongoing ERC-funded project Chronologicon Hibernicum, which studies the diachronic developments of the Irish language between c. 550–950, and aims at refining the absolute chronology of these developments. It presents firstly the project organization, its subject matter and objective, then gives an overview of the potentials and challenges in studying the Early Irish language. The project combines historical linguistic analysis, corpus linguistic methods and Bayesian statistic tools. Finally the paper explains the impact of this project in preserving the Irish cultural heritage and the lessons learned in the first three years.


Chronologicon hibernicum Linguistic dating Irish cultural heritage 



This paper is written as part of the research project Chronologicon Hibernicum, which has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 647351).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityMaynoothIreland
  2. 2.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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