Tapadh leibh for the correction - until I received the Speaking Our
Language series ALL the materials that I had reviewed used "thig
a-staigh" hardly support for the "use gaelic only rarely" theory.
19 Apr 1997, Caoimhin P. ODonnaile wrote:
> Thuirt Tom:
> > So you should say "thig a-steach" if you mean "come in" but don't
> > be too surprised if you hear "thig a-staigh" instead, particularly
> > from people who use gaelic only rarely.
> Tha seo a' sealltainn, Tom, gur ann ann an Leòdhas a ionnsaich
> thu do chuid Gàidhlig!
> According to logic it should be "thig a-steach", and this is the
> form used in Lewis (and Ireland). However, most dialects (e.g.
> Uist, Skye) do not have the word "a-steach" and use "a-stigh"
> all the time. I was correcting our two year old child for saying
> "a-stigh" and then I found that all the neighbours said the same
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