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by akerbeltz
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: matamataig---àireamheachd
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: matamataig---àireamheachd

The dog says af af in Gaelic, incidentally, ùf ùf is just a respelling of woof . 8-) It would be trivial to switch from tha... a' dèanamh... to bidh... a' dèanamh..., though, and the schools then wouldn't be actively exposing kids to a misleading model on a daily basis. The use of tha here is hardly...
by akerbeltz
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Naidheachd na Gàidhlig / Gaelic News
Topic: Seòlta Gaelic / Newswatch on Gab
Replies: 15
Views: 5512

Re: Seòlta Gaelic / Newswatch on Gab

crown-prince = rìgh-damhna
by akerbeltz
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: matamataig---àireamheachd
Replies: 15
Views: 6420

Re: matamataig---àireamheachd

The basic pattern the schools use is
X cuir ris/thoir air falbh/iomadaich le/roinn le Y a' dèanamh Z

Love or hate it, I think that particular die has been cast.
by akerbeltz
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: cool and groovy
Replies: 1
Views: 3901

Re: cool and groovy

Well, based on the map data I'd say smodaig is a Uist phrase, so maybe that's why you haven't heard it?
by akerbeltz
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing
Replies: 16
Views: 8506

Re: Help with a Sentence for a Poem I'm Writing

lèirsinn is wider than fradharc. Both can refer to the biological power of vision but in terms of an abstract vision (e.g. of the future), only lèirsinn covers that.
by akerbeltz
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?
Replies: 9
Views: 6481

Re: An Tuiseal Ginideach---feminine genitive forms being lost?

Bear in mind that in speech, final /ə/ before another vowel and at the end of a phrase or sentence has been routinely dropped for a long time. Something like Bha iad thall an-siud, aig doras na h-eaglaise has been /egLɪʃ/ without the final /ə/ for a very long time in speech. I think the main differe...
by akerbeltz
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Cuideigin a ’faighneachd dhomh airson cuideachadh le abairt
Replies: 7
Views: 6311

Re: Cuideigin a ’faighneachd dhomh airson cuideachadh le abairt

Tha an abairt tha latha a' choin duibh gun tighinn fhathast (tha caochladh no dhà dheth ann) ann agus dh'obraicheadh sin
by akerbeltz
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs
Replies: 5
Views: 6468

Re: tr*nsl*t**n of Aigha bàs

Careful with the spelling - it's buaidh no bàs, the grave is important, without it, buaidh no bas means "victory of a palm" (as in the inside of your hand) 8-)
by akerbeltz
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: The sound of 'r' at the end of a word
Replies: 7
Views: 7238

Re: The sound of 'r' at the end of a word

I don't understand the phonetic symbols at all - that's a language in itself! You know, I always find that a weird one. Not the fact that one might not know the IPA, but the fact that people put up such a fight over learning 40 odd symbols and the way to say them which would help them produce high ...
by akerbeltz
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Pronunciation of agus
Replies: 4
Views: 5633

Re: Pronunciation of agus

It's just more colloquial than regional, you'll hear it in most places, see this map. As the other said, it goes from /aɣəs/ to /ɛɣəs/. I think I've heard /ajəs/ too but I'm hazy on that.
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 8340

Re: chun vs do 'n

do'n is just an old spelling of don, a variant of dhan.
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: math math vs glè mhath
Replies: 3
Views: 6485

Re: math math vs glè mhath

Doubling adjectives is not exclusively child language in Gaelic. But it's more colloquial than literal i.e. I would'nt write "bha am buidheann seo mòr mòr" in an academic essay but it would pass muster in a live news broadcast "bha buidheann mòr mòr de dhaoine ann an Glaschu an-dè".
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 15498

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

The distinction between dependent and independent is an established concept in linguistics in general, and functions at a clausal level. The only wrinkle in Gaelic is the reanalysis of copular constructions as pre-verbal particles. That's not a major wrinkle though, as the same logic holds -- the v...
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 8340

Re: chun vs do 'n

Yes, what Niall said. Beware of homographs, it's a bit like pérmit and permít in English.