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Re: NATLANG: Gaidhlig volunteer needed

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2006, 18:01
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> Also while we are in the subject of Goidelic languages: > How come Scots Gaelic uses grave accent for length when > Irish and most (all?) other languages using accent for > length use the acute?
Accident in part. Scots Gaelic formerly used both grave and acute accents (to know why, you'll have to asks somebody who knows more about the intricacies of SG). Back in the 1960, I believe, there were some minor orthographic reforms, one of which was that the acute accent was done away with and most if not all of its uses were replaced solely with grave accents. K.