Q- and P- Celtic
|Date:||Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 15:45|
I'm working on a short paper about the languages of Scotland and the way
they relate to Scottish identity/-ies. I'm now writing a couple of lines
about the evolution of Gaelic, and I was thinking of inserting a hint to the
differences between the Goidelic (Q) and Brythonic (P) branches of insular
Celtic. I wanted to include an example showing how the two different
branches handle PIE *kw, just to explain why they are called Q- and
P-Celtic, and I've chosen Latin _quattuor_ vs. Sc.Gaelic _ceithir_ (or _a'
ceithir_?) vs. Welsh _pedwar_. So far so good. But how are these last two
words actually pronounced? I suppose something like [kheir;] and
['pedwar]... can anybody suggest me an IPA trascription?