While reading the various contributions on the names of the languages covered by
this list I was struck by a related question.
As a highland Scot with one Gaelic speaking parent I was brought up to call the
language "Gah-lic" rather than "Gay-lic" (excuse the attempt at phonetics). This
is the name usually used in the highlands by speakers and non speakers of the
language alike. When I moved to the lowlands and then further afield I found
that this name was not understood and was forced to call it "Gay-lic" simply to
make myself understood.
I am well aware that this difference in pronunciation of the anglicised name
reflects the different ways the Irish and Scots dialects/languages refer to
themselves. Some people carefully reserve the pronunciation "Gah-lic" for the
Scots form and "Gay-lic" for the Irish form, but this just confuses any
Sassunach and quite a few Celts as well.
As has been made clear in recent correspondence we Scots don't have the option
of using the word "Scots" as that has a very different meaning.
Excuse the English, but this is a question about English pronunciation. That's
my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it.
Aonghas Mac Fhionghuin, Lunnainn