>From: Neil McEwan <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Gaelic lists
>To: [log in to unmask]
>In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]>
>At 10:00 PM 9/18/98 PDT, Juliet Brown wrote:
>>Personnally I would recommnend Irish first to anyone with no gaelic
>>I think its' sounds are easiest for the English speaker to reproduce.
> The sounds are mostly the same between Irish and SG but the grammar
>for Scots Gaelic is much more simple than that of Irish (no present
>tense; no eclipsis; fewer declensions; mono- and polysyllabic verbs
>declined the same way; etc.) Personally I think SG would be easier for
I have to disagree on both counts. The grammers are really very much the
same as far as pronounciation is concerned, thought the Scots reflects
this less in its' spelling. (For example: pronouncing eclipses without
actually having them).
Also I think the Scots has far more of a burr to it and many sounds are
rolled beeper in the throat. I've been practicing it for over a year now
and still can't get that cursed broad GH/DH to sound right.
Of course that could just be a matter of the dialects, my teachers are
from Limerick and Barrigh respectively.
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