Impose away, Justin. August is the month traditionally used by newbies
and shy older members to float topics which mightn't otherwise surface
in the usual way. I sincerely hope that some other members of
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I am also cc:ing a sister-list of GAELIC-L,
[log in to unmask], which has several members who have
researched the Céile Dé movement.
Scríobh Justin Russell:
> I recently joined the Gaelic-L list due to a current hobby
> investigating the historical record of the secular order of monks
> known as the Céile Dé, or Culdees. I have been reading some literature
> on the subject and find myself at a disadvantage in some areas due to
> not being a Gaelic speaker. Certain words, terms, and place names are
> difficult to obtain a solid meaning of at times, and especially where
> it regards etymology.
> Would I be able to post a message to participants in the Gaelic-L
> group to sound out if there is anyone on the list who may be
> interested in commenting on such queries? I've obtained reference
> works such as Colin Mark's "The Gaelic-English Dictionary," and
> Alexander MacBain's "Etymological Dictionary of Scottish Gaelic" but I
> feel that nothing can beat the knowledge of Gaelic speakers. Even with
> these texts I'm floundering somewhat blind.
> I don't wish to impose on people's time too much at all, I merely
> propose that I just some basic queries and if people wish to comment
> in passing that would be great.
> Regards, Justin Russell.