Why and how do Gaelic names change?

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Why and how do Gaelic names change?

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Hallo - 'S mise Scott!

I have recently picked up the "Teach yourself - Complete Gaelic" book and I'm totally stumped with the first piece of dialogue.

It mentions a chap called "Tormod" but in the actual conversation the spelling seems to change to "Thormoid".
Similarly, it mentions a girl called "Mairead" which becomes "Mhairead" in the dialogue.

Can anyone please tell me why this is?

Many thanks,

Scott


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Re: Why and how do Gaelic names change?

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Fàilte chridheil ort, a Scott!

Gaelic has a case system for the nouns - in English, this is pretty much gone, but you can still see it in "I, me, my".

So, you have to use the vocative case when addressing someone. You can read more about the subject on http://www.akerbeltz.org/index.php?titl ... ocative%3F
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Thank you! I really appreciate the quick response!

I'll have a look at that - I didn't realise that Gaelic had cases.

Thanks again.

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'S e do bheatha :)
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