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by Laighneach
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Surname Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2161

Surname Question

Yes, it's pretty strange, and frustrating that no reason for its development is given.

If you ever come across an explanation please post it here, I'd be fascinated to know myself.
by Laighneach
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Surname Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2161

Surname Question

I had a look in the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish language http://edil.qub.ac.uk/search?q=mac&search_in=headword and found the following: After the introduction of surnames (10th-11th cent.), mac folld. by gen. n.pr. m. becomes a common form of surname and often changes to Mág (gen. Méig); the ...
by Laighneach
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Surname Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2161

Surname Question

Thank you both for the replies. It goes back some time in the written language, e.g. the surname Mág * Shamhradháin appears as " Mag Amhradan " in "The Book of Magauran", written in the early 14th century, so I don't think it's derived from any English spelling. (*It's frequently Mág , gen. Méig ) A...
by Laighneach
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Surname Question
Replies: 9
Views: 2161

Surname Question

In Ireland, Mac has become Mag before certain names (beginning with a vowel or R, L, F,) e.g. Mag Aonghusa, Mag Riabhaigh, etc.
Are there any cases of Mac > Mag in Scottish Gaelic?

Gun robh math agaibh.
by Laighneach
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Noun-phrase Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Noun-phrase Question

Thanks again, both of you, for the help.
Very interesting information.

PS I've been going through the Akerbeltz "beagan gràmair" page. Fascinating, and highly entertaining too :)
by Laighneach
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum
Replies: 339
Views: 145126

Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum

Mòran taing airson na fàilte.
by Laighneach
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Noun-phrase Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Noun-phrase Question

Thank you both for your explanations. This is certainly clearer to me now. Now, if you want a more technical explanation, "a rinn mo sheanmhair an-dè" is part of the noun phrase, but it is not itself a noun phrase. It is a "relative clause" which is technically an adverbial (i.e. the same class as "...
by Laighneach
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum
Replies: 339
Views: 145126

Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum

'Se ball nuadh a th'annam. Tha mi às Èirinn agus tha mi air bhith ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig na hÈireann air feadh ghrunn bhliadhnachan. Tha ùidh mhòr agam anns an Ghàidhlig cuideachd agus còrdaidh e rium a bhith ga h-ionnsachadh.
by Laighneach
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Noun-phrase Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Noun-phrase Question

" An t-aran a rinn mo sheanmhair an-dè "/"the bread that my grandmother made yesterday" is not a noun phrase? "a rinn mo sheanmhair an-dè" is an adjectival clause; the whole can be replaced with a possessive adjective: " tha mi g a ithe ". Perhaps I've mis-used the terminology, grammar isn't my stro...
by Laighneach
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Noun-phrase Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Noun-phrase Question

Halò :) As I understand it, a definite noun is in the genitive case following a verbal noun - Tha mi ag ithe an arain . But if the definite noun is part of a larger noun-phrase, such as an t-aran a rinn mo sheanmhair an-dè , will it still be placed in the genitive case, or will it remain in the nomi...