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Re: "Usefull languages"

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2002, 15:07
Stephen Mulraney wrote:

> (BTW "Erse" is some old name for "Irish")
Actually, it's an old name for Scottish Gaelic, although it should be noted that anglophones didn't clearly distinguish the two until fairly recent years. In the life of Dr. Johnson, Boswell asks "whether the Irish and the Erse [speakers] understand one another." The answer he gets, if you are curious, is that "in general subjects, such as fishing and bawdy, they do." Showing the state of the two languages in the late 18th century!
> (The clue you might need is that "Dun Laoghaire" > is to be pronounced /du:n lEr'E/, though people > commonly "anglicise" it to /dUn lIrI:/ or something > like that)
When the English form "Dunleary" was first written down, it was a normal representation of /dUnlE:ri/. English sound-change has moved written "ea" to /i/, with a few holdovers like "bread" and "head". -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_