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04 August 2008 @ 10:07 am
Irish spelling question  
Ok, caol le caol agus leathan le leathan. So what's the story with Gaeltacht and gaelscoil?
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the femme dandy highwayman: girls gone wildglitzfrau on August 4th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
I do not know. But I really hope some clever person answers, because it is a question that I am constantly asking myself. Caol le caol and leathan le leathan EXCEPT WHEN NOT. WHY?
a very caring potatomollydot on August 4th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
My first guess when I noticed was that that was English spelling of Irish borrowings, but that doesn't appear to be the case. My second guess is that each is actually two words stuck together. If that's the case, I wonder if, given time (and perhaps more life in the language), would the spelling change.

Do you know of other exceptions?
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
I believe it's because ae was originally a diphthong, æ, which was treated as a broad consonant
a very caring potato: Irish dictionarymollydot on August 4th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, masked commenter.

So that explains the first i in gaeilgeoiri too.