Author Archives: Colin Batchelor

Fronting

Unless I indicate otherwise, all these examples are taken from Gareth King’s Intermediate Welsh (London: Routledge, 1996). The analyses are mine, as are the errors. I don’t think I ever mastered the word mai, and reading up on it, I … Continue reading

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Every one’s a clitic: a general treatment of one family of fused words in Welsh

I’ve been starting to look at Welsh through the lens of CCG, largely because if I did manage to learn how to use words like mai, sydd, sef and bod (as a conjunction) correctly in my youth I have forgotten … Continue reading

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Geàrr Ghràmar na Gàidhlig

Tha mi air a bhith a’ leughadh Geàrr Ghràmar na Gàidhlig le Richard A. V. Cox. Tha e glè dhlùth, mhionaideach is 492 duilleagan a dh’fhaide is e anns a’ Ghàidhlig air fad. Mar sin tha sanas bhriathar ann is … Continue reading

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piuthar

The immediate family members in Scottish Gaelic are màthair, athair, bràthair, all of which are clearly related to other familiar European languages, and piuthar, “sister”, which looks odd. Irish is yet odder at first glance, with deartháir meaning “brother” and deirfiúr meaning “sister”. I’ve … Continue reading

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Second Celtic Language Technology Workshop revised deadline April the 20th

… which is next Wednesday rather than this Friday. Or if you’re in the UK or Ireland it’s very early next Thursday, but clearly nobody reading this would leave submission till the last moment. No.

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Numbers

(1) Dìreach aona mìos deug roimhe sin… “Just eleven months before that”. In my annotation guidelines I have blithely stated “Attributive numbers are N/N“, which is fine for aona, but less so for deug, which I am going to treat … Continue reading

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Second Celtic Language Technology Workshop deadline April the 15th

I have partly been quiet here because I have been hard at work putting together something for this: http://www.lattice.cnrs.fr/CLTW/index-en.html and clearly I should not prejudice the double-blindness of the refereeing too much. Ahem.

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Resumptivity resumed

I said (four years ago) that Gaelic doesn’t have resumptive pronouns. However, while scouring William Lamb’s Scottish Gaelic for unusual uses of agus, I found these examples, with the resumptive bit in bold. sin an gille a shuidh Cèit air (that is the … Continue reading

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Interrogative frequencies in DASG

One aspect of Gaelic I want to look at more closely is interrogatives. Just as all the wh- words in English (who, when, why, what, how) go to the front of the sentence, so do all the c- words in … Continue reading

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DASG and the second comparative

If you haven’t come across Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig/Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic you should stop what reading this and go straight there. … Welcome back. It contains eight and a half million words and is a resource I keep … Continue reading

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