In a message dated 97-04-09 05:21:58 EDT, you write:
<< I say it again, there is more than language in culture. If
you're going to continue suggesting that you can't be a 'proper'
Celt if you don't speak Gaelic, I'm going to say that you
can't be a proper Celt if you can't sing Bothy Songs, or
play a strathspey/reel set.
Your allusion to music and Gaelic in the same paragraph brings to mind, a
comment made by one of the Cape Beton storytellers. ( I think it was Joe Neil
MacNeil, but I could be wrong) He was commenting on some of the newer Cape
Breton style fiddlers. He preferred the style one particular fiddler because
"He could still hear the Gaelic in the music" To me this suggests that the
language is inexorably linked to other aspects of the culture. Certainly the
learning of a language helps to provide a more complete picture of the
I have recently completed a degree in Irish Studies. The courses included
language, Gaelic literature in translation, Anglo-Irish literature, folklore
and history. As I was completing my final courses, it struck me how connected
everything was. To have taken the courses without the languages, I believe
that I would have been missing an integral part.