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A Goidelic language of the Celtic branch of Indo-European languages originating in Ireland.

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Will a teacher fluent in Irish be useful in learning pronunciation of Scottish Gaelic ( Gàidhlig ) Folk Songs?

My kids are hoping to learn some Gaelic folk songs. We have some folk songs we would like to learn such as Fear a Bhàta: 'S tric mi sealltainn o'n chnòc a's àirde Dh'fheuch am faic mi fear a bhàta An ...
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Is the Irish English accent derived from the phonetics of the Irish language?

Did Hiberno-English originate as native Irish speakers speaking English from Scotland and England with their native accent, or is it derived from Scots phonetics after the Scots were settled in Ulster?...
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Formant frequencies of regional Irish English vowels by female speakers

Do you know any research that show the formants of English Irish vowels by female speakers?
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Looking for contrastive feature hierarchies for Irish, Manx and/or Scottish Gaelic

Where might I find ready-made contrastive feature hierarchy trees for these languages? In the case that they aren’t available anywhere online, I may need to make my own, in which case I’m looking for ...
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How are the Ogham stones inscribed?

I earlier asked How to convert Old Irish Latin script to Ogham? and am not quite complete with the answer. I have a similar question still trying to dig into how to build an Ogham generator. But ...
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How do you decode the CELT transcriptions?

Is it really this complicated? I am looking at this Irish text on the CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts) website, and it looks like this (with page lines scattered around): {MS folio 1a 1}IN ...
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How to convert Old Irish Latin script to Ogham?

If you look on at an online Ogham Translator, it converts words like "crann" to ᚉᚏᚐᚅᚅ, which seems to be a letter-for-letter translation. The only guide I've seen to Old Irish pronunciation is this. ...
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Does loss of conditioning envt automatically create new phonemes?

In an example from a book I'm reading, they talk about a loss of a conditioning environment creating a new phoneme. Old Irish "man": wyiryi > wyiry The reasoning is that the word final front vowel "...
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What are the title capitalization rules in some languages?

Specifically, for song titles. I know that in English all words are capitalized, except for short function words like “of”, “for” etc. and in Russian only the first word is capitalized, plus proper ...
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Where did Irish "-acht" come from?

Modern Irish has a suffix -acht (allomorphs -ocht, -eacht, -cht, probably others) that forms abstract nouns. For example, beo "alive" → beocht "life, vital spirit". Since we also see Scottish Gaelic -...
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Three questions regarding the distinctions between certain broad and slender sounds in Irish

I think I've got the distinction between broad and slender consonants in Irish more or less down, but a few details keep eluding me: 1. What on earth is the difference in pronunciation between "mar" ...
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Is there a standard system for transcribing modern Irish in Ogham?

Ogham is historically used to write Old Irish and Primitive Irish, but I have not been able to find any evidence of its use persisting in modern Irish. It does not have a nice correspondence with the ...
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What was the dían type of old Irish verses?

Composing this type of poetic meter was mentioned as a skill obtained through the first year of education of filídh (old Irish poets) at foclóc rank. Are there any reliable online resourses ...
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The current status of Irish Gaelic in Ireland

In addition to all the usual phonology, grammar, and vocabulary one has to learn for a new language there is the social situation, among many things when is it appropriate to speak in one register or ...
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Are the Irish laws written in the Irish language?

Are the Irish laws written in the Irish language these days? Or was there any moment in history when the laws were written/translated in the Irish language?
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Phonemic inventory of Supraregional Irish English vs. RP - vowel in FACE

Here's a question about English accent comparison. It's about the differences in phonemic inventory of Irish Supraregional compared to RP. Is the Irish English vowel in the lexical set FACE /e:/ a ...
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Gaelic Spelling and Pronunciation

What is the Irish language equivalent of the name Aidan/Aiden? I know that the name is derived from the Irish language. Perhaps a more difficult question: What is... or would be the Scottish Gaelic ...
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c- in Irish clann "offspring"

Irish clann "plant; offspring; child" (the source of English clan) is borrowed from Welsh plant with the same meanings, which is itself a borrowing of Latin planta. Why did Irish change the initial p ...
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What is considered the smallest possible sample size for word frequency lists used in FL instruction?

I've been engaged in a conversation on another site pertaining to frequency analysis, particularly in relation to the 1966 work Buntús Gaeilge, Colmán Ó Huallacháin; Ireland. Department of ...
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IPA for Slender Irish /r'/ in Connemara Dialects

Edit: I would also be willing to reward the bounty if someone can partially answer the question by stating if my proposed IPA is possible based on the description or not. I am specifically asking ...