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Archive for January, 2011

Náisiúntachtaí agus Eitneachtaí Eile, srl.: A go beagnach Z Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

And why not regular old “A to Z” as such?  Well, I can’t really find any documentable ethnonym in Irish that starts with “Z.”  Most words which would be candidates actually start with “s” in Irish, since “z” was not a traditional letter in aibítir na Gaeilge.  Mar shampla: Saimbiach, Saimbéiseach, Súlú.  An dtuigeann tú…

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Beirt, Cáis Ghlas, agus an Fhreaslannais Posted by on Jan 29, 2011

Tá dhá fhreagra faighte againn anois.  We’ve received two answers so far. Freaslannach/Gearmánach – 1 Éireannach – 1 Agus Gaeilge mhaith ag an mbeirt acu.  And good Irish at both of them.  Sin beirt as an liosta.  Go raibh maith agaibh, a Shiobhán agus a Sabine, as scríobh isteach.  Duine ar bith eile? Hmm, an…

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Ag Comhaireamh Daoine ar an Liosta Seo: Cé Mhéad Éireannach, srl.? Posted by on Jan 26, 2011

(le Róislín) Recently we’ve been counting a lot of people in this blog, ranging from cailíní bleánaí to clamhsánaithe.  We’ve also had “Svahaíleach amháin, beirt Svahaíleach, triúr Svahaíleach, srl.” as an example of a term for which there is no lenition, due the initial consonant cluster (sv-). So I was thinking we could get into…

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Cairn Chonsan le “sf-“ agus “sv-“ Posted by on Jan 23, 2011

In this blog, we don’t have to deal with the question of “séimhiú” or “gan séimhiú” since the consonant clusters “sf-“ and “sv-“ are never lenited.  But they’re intriguing nonetheless, so let’s take a further look.  I recently mentioned “sfioncs” and “svaeid,” as samplaí.  Those two words comprise about cúig faoin gcéad of the total…

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An Carn Consan i nGaeilge: Séimhiú nó Gan Séimhiú (Cuid a Dó) Posted by on Jan 19, 2011

Recently we’ve been looking at séimhiú after the numbers two through six and how to use nouns with those numbers.  Let’s get back to the personal numbers now, for counting people.  Here’s a review list, from beirt through deichniúr; definitions are given in the notes below, so it’s a bit of a quiz!  Only “beirt”…

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Na Cairn Chonsan i nGaeilge le sc, sl, sm, sn, sp, sr, st: Séimhiú nó Gan Séimhiú Posted by on Jan 16, 2011

To continue our súil siar ar shéimhiú, let’s look at these specific consonant clusters.  For anyone úrnua don ghrúpa seo, we’re discussing the process (called lenition or séimhiú) of changing the initial consonant of many Irish words, depending on how they’re used in a sentence.  The previous blog contained many examples, and there are other…

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An Carn Consan i nGaeilge: Séimhiú nó Gan Séimhiú (Cuid a hAon) Posted by on Jan 13, 2011

Lately we’ve been practicing lots of phrases that involve “séimhiú” (lenition).  Most of the examples shown have involved words that happen to begin with a single consonant (like “carr”).  Here are some more examples, starting with the way to say “one” of the item.  That’s the simplest, since no lenition is involved.  This will be…

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