Words and Proper Names


Wadden (Patrick): Prímchenéla and fochenéla in the Irish Sex aetates mundi.
In Ériu 66 (2016), pp. 167–178.
Argues that the distinction between between primary and subordinate nations was developed by the author of the Irish Sex aetates mundi in order to account for the existence of more than the canonical seventy-two nations mentioned in Genesis, prímchenéla (or cenéla écsamla) being those created at the Tower of Babel, and fochenéla those created afterwards from the older ones and not possessing their own language.