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by akerbeltz
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: A Michel Thomas style Gàidhlig course? Someone should make one!
Replies: 1
Views: 29

A Michel Thomas style Gàidhlig course? Someone should make one!

An opening for you for when you're fluent :) It's just not a big market, so commercial companies rarely dip their toes in making materials for Gaelic.
by akerbeltz
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses
Replies: 11
Views: 254

How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses

is the stem/root of a verb the same thing as the imperative dictionary form?


It depends on who you're talking to :priob: Colloquially these tend to mean the same thing but to a linguist, they're somewhat different things.
by akerbeltz
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses
Replies: 11
Views: 254

How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses

'S e do bheatha! Dunno never counted, and I guess it depends on whether you count those which are partly regular or replaced by regular roots (like part of the abair paradigm being taken up by the regular can) as irregular or not. But about a dozen is right, so not a lot. The best tables are in Brìg...
by akerbeltz
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses
Replies: 11
Views: 254

How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses

I know the citation form is listed in the dictionary, but where do I find out the verbal noun? Is it also available in the dictionary, or do you have any other sources I can find a list of them? I want to learn 200 to 300 common everyday verbs, so I can express myself in a wide variety of situation...
by akerbeltz
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses
Replies: 11
Views: 254

How to find out the verbal noun form of a verb from the dictionary/imperative form? I'm trying to learn all verb tenses

I'm not entirely sure about what you're asking but the following are broadly true: - the citation/dictionary form of a Gaelic verb is the imperative singular - you must learn the citation form and the associated verbal noun of each regular verb together because only in some cases can you derive the ...
by akerbeltz
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.

Sounds like a plan, where you seem to be right now, I think inversion would be jumping the gun a little. Save some shocks for later 8-)
by akerbeltz
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.

It looks like 3 verbs (in English) to me: 'to want', 'to practice' and 'to speak' ('speaking'). Why do you say 'those aren't really three verbs'? I'm better on Gaelic grammar than English grammar but in I want to practice speaking Gaelic "want" is the verb of the main clause, "to pra...
by akerbeltz
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.

it's just a verbal noun with 'a', which gives it the same function as an infinitive in other languages? Yes but I want to stress again that this only applies in a truly tiny number of syntactic cases in Gaelic whereas the true infinitive of English, German etc is quite common. (Isn't 'ag' sometimes...
by akerbeltz
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Verbal nouns vs infinitives for the present tense, and 2 to 3 consecutive verbs.

As to the infinitive, I suggest you read this first and if it's still foggy, we'll take it from there. The Gaelic verbal noun is tenseless (same as English -ing forms) i.e. it is only the main verb which imparts tense. So: ag ithe aran just means eating bread and there's no way of telling WHEN this ...
by akerbeltz
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Diminutives in Scottish Gaelic
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Diminutives in Scottish Gaelic

Gaelic doesn't really have productive ways of making diminutives any more. -(e)ag and -(e)an used to, -(e)ag still sort of does but it'd be downright weird to talk of a *coimpiutaireag. You basically have to stick on adjectives, beag bìodach being top of the list.
by akerbeltz
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Iomradh is Ceanglaichean / Reference and Links
Topic: Automatic pronunciation
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Automatic pronunciation

It's no worse than my rule-based system ;) It does weird things to leacagach (misses the ag bit) and cuidhteas (misses the t) but if you're doing some fancy neural network stuff, you may not be able to "fix" stuff? Also it gets its knickers in a twist over the length of i in sibhsigeach vs...
by akerbeltz
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Pronunciation of unstressed -aid
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Pronunciation of unstressed -aid

Yes, just pick one and stick with it :)
by akerbeltz
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Pronunciation of unstressed -aid
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Pronunciation of unstressed -aid

There are two competing rules here. One that says ⋅ an unstressed vowel before a phonetically palatal consonant will tend towards /ɪ/ and the other ⋅ -aid tends to be /adʲ/ When I wrote Blas, I decided that given /ɪdʲ/ does occur with native speakers, I'd universalize the first r...

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