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by Níall Beag
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Còmhradh coitcheann / Off-Topic
Topic: Is this sentence correct?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: Is this sentence correct?

You could try using ogham: Iuchair an uatha https://www.faclair.com/ViewEntry.aspx?ID=EA8FA3852C99AABA52C453E4C0CAE25E The letter h is used mostly for grammar markings in Gaelic, you might want to consider using a core letter. This is a very good point, and to clarify for the OP: The letter H isn't...
by Níall Beag
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Cuir nan aithne / Introductions
Topic: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum
Replies: 353
Views: 231111

Re: Fàilte dhan fhòram / Welcome to the forum

Feasgar math, a h-uile duine! 'Se Uilleam an t-ainm a th’ orm, agus fuireach mi ann an Ohio a tuath. 'S e oilleach a th’ annam gu bragh. Tha mi 25 bliadhna a dh'aois. Tha mi ball de ACGA (An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaganach). Tha mi ùr air a Ghàidhlig, ach bidh mi ag ionnsachadh a h-uile là! I'm su...
by Níall Beag
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 3529

Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

No, it's a spelling thing. toil (noun) is pronounced /tɔl/ toigh (adjective) is pronounced /tɤj/ and used in the expression An toigh leat... 's toigh l' So, when you say "Is toil leam", you should still pronounce it /tɤl/, but the spelling suggests that it should be pronounced /tɔl/ which is wrong....
by Níall Beag
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Dà-chànanach / Bilingual
Topic: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 3529

Re: Writing/speaking a bit of Gaelic, any feedback/corrections appreciated

GunChleoc wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:18 am
On another note, I prefer writing "is toil leam" as "is toigh leam", because it reflects the pronunciation better.
That would depend on dialect, surely...? The move to "toil" was led by changes in the pronunciation, I thought...
by Níall Beag
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: appreciation
Replies: 6
Views: 4832

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: 4832

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: 5539

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: 5539

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: 4644

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: 7795

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: 14000

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: 14000

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: 14000

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: 14000

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: 14000

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.