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by Níall Beag
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: appreciation
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Re: appreciation

Yuck. That was a rather basic error. Pretty sure I did it right the first two times...
by Níall Beag
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: appreciation
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Re: appreciation

I keep writing stuff here and forgetting to click submit....

Bhithinn taingeil -- I would be thankful
Bhithinn fada nur comainn -- I would be very grateful (literally, I would be far in your association -- ie. this favour would bond us somehow)
(or fada nad chomainn)
by Níall Beag
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Why is it "Càit' a bheil" and not "Càit' a tha"?
Replies: 9
Views: 2990

Re: Why is it "Càit' a bheil" and not "Càit' a tha"?

AnthonyOfSeattle wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:41 pm
This leads me to believe that both languages lost a preposition somewhere,
Seems like the most plausible explanation, particularly given that the adverbs of place incorporate prepositions -- an seo etc.
by Níall Beag
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Why is it "Càit' a bheil" and not "Càit' a tha"?
Replies: 9
Views: 2990

Re: Why is it "Càit' a bheil" and not "Càit' a tha"?

Similarly, I have no idea the whys and wherefores of this one.

However, it's maybe worth pointing out that the same pattern holds for conjunctions:

Cùine bhios...? - ...nuair a bhios...
Dè bhios...? - ... na bhios...
Càite am bi...? - ... far am bi [mi fhìn, is ann a bhios mo dhòchas]...
by Níall Beag
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: A’ Bhearradh Dhearg
Replies: 4
Views: 2858

Re: A’ Bhearradh Dhearg

I'm assuming the book isn't in Gaelic. As such, us inventing a new name for it or attempting to guess at older Gaelic names can't do any good, and could make it harder in future to discover a true Gaelic name.
by Níall Beag
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation
Replies: 10
Views: 5193

Re: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation

I would personally go with anything that doesn't include "rìgh" in it, because that's probably a recent calquing from English, and the other names are guaranteed to be older.
by Níall Beag
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?
Replies: 23
Views: 9902

Re: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?

That doesn't fix i, which shows a weakness in my previous attempt to describe the pattern. Because "gais-" is longer than "-gich", it still sounds long. This is the point of the so-called "Scotch snap" as I understand it -- to highlight that a tonic syllable is short by contrast to the longer follow...
by Níall Beag
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?
Replies: 23
Views: 9902

Re: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?

The English lyrics place all tonic stresses on strong beats and populate all strong beats with tonic syllables, with the exception of "and" in bar 6. You could argue there's a bit of poetic licence on giving the third syllable of Michaël extra stress but given that it's on the upbeat, it can be inte...
by Níall Beag
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?
Replies: 23
Views: 9902

Re: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?

Hmm. Okay, but what about, say, Silent Night in Gaelic? Is the tune changed to fit the words? The tune to Silent Night works a lot better as it was written in German meter, whereas this tune appears to follow Latin meter. The big difference is that German and Gaelic (and English) are stress-timed l...
by Níall Beag
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?
Replies: 23
Views: 9902

Re: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?

The rules of vowel length are pretty subtle, and attempting to describe the Gaelic musical idiom in brief is about as difficult as describing any musical idiom. Here's my attempt at the core concepts, though, assuming 4 4 (Does 4 2 imply two strong beats in the bar or four?) As with most languages, ...
by Níall Beag
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Ceòl, Leabhraichean is na h-Ealain / Music, Books and the Arts
Topic: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?
Replies: 23
Views: 9902

Re: My Michaelmas song tr*nsl*t**n - could you look it over?

tr*nsl*t*ng a song without knowing the tune is pretty much impossible.
by Níall Beag
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation
Replies: 10
Views: 5193

Re: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation

Thank you both of these responses were exactly what I was looking for. I do wonder about the spelling discrepancy and therefore the pronunciation discrepancy between cat sìth and cat sìthe as they are different between the two websites ( https://www.cereproc.com/ and https://learngaelic.scot/dictio...
by Níall Beag
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation
Replies: 10
Views: 5193

Re: Cat (Cait?) sìth pronunciation

Well the version in Final Fantasy VII isn't the authentic spelling -- that would be "cat sìth" without the first i. With the "i", it would often be taken to be a rendering of "Kate", with more or less the same sound as the English, but without the "i", it's a cat, and it would have a Scottish A soun...
by Níall Beag
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum
Replies: 349
Views: 206534

Re: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum

Fàilte ort, a Mhathain!
by Níall Beag
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Còmhradh coitcheann / Off-Topic
Topic: Naidheachdan Mu Dheidhinn Scots Wikipedia
Replies: 2
Views: 3554

Re: Naidheachdan Mu Dheidhinn Scots Wikipedia

As you may have heard, it's emerged this week that the Scots Language Wikipedia is mostly fake, being written in a bad eye-dialect of Scottish English by an American teenager. The Gàidhlig Wikipedia seems OK to me, but if anyone here's an active contributor to that I'd like to ask if vandalism is a...