Worztron Registered User
#1

Hi guys. How would ye pronounce the old Irish word Solus? I know it means light. How would it be phonetically? Maybe 'so-lus'?

Insect Overlord Moderator
#2

I'd imagine it would sound similar to how it sounds in different dialects today.

http://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fuaim/solas

Worztron Registered User
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Insect Overlord said:
I'd imagine it would sound similar to how it sounds in different dialects today.

http://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fuaim/solas


Hi IO. But that's solas and not solus.

MathsManiac Moderator
#4

Worztron said:
Hi IO. But that's solas and not solus.


Eh..That's because there is no Irish word "solus". The Irish for light is "solas".

Insect Overlord Moderator
#5

MathsManiac said:
Eh..That's because there is no Irish word "solus". The Irish for light is "solas".


He's looking for a word that was present in Medieval/"old" Irish. The word was spelled "solus" at the time.

I believe that the spelling was later standardised as "solas" in the 20th century, and would be pronounced much the same way now as it was then, but I am open to correction.

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dubhthach Registered User
#6

I imagine there would be next to no difference, as the final vowel is a schwa (unstressed vowel) in Connacht/Ulster eg. ə

eDIL has following:
http://dil.ie/38426

With Etymology down as: so+lés
so: http://dil.ie/search?search_in=headword&q=2%20so
Lés: http://dil.ie/29993

I'm assuming the interest is due to the Solus Linux distrubution, i'm not all together sure why he called it Solus instead of Solas tbh.

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Worztron Registered User
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dubhthach said:
I imagine there would be next to no difference, as the final vowel is a schwa (unstressed vowel) in Connacht/Ulster eg. ə

eDIL has following:
http://dil.ie/38426

With Etymology down as: so+l/B]
so: http://dil.ie/search?search_in=headword&q=2%20so
L http://dil.ie/29993

I'm assuming the interest is due to the Solus Linux distrubution, i'm not all together sure why he called it Solus instead of Solas tbh.


Cheers dubhthach. Yes, it is regarding the GNU/Linux distro. :-)

MathsManiac Moderator
#8

Insect Overlord said:
He's looking for a word that was present in Medieval/"old" Irish. The word was spelled "solus" at the time.

I believe that the spelling was later standardised as "solas" in the 20th century, and would be pronounced much the same way now as it was then, but I am open to correction.


Sorry! I missed the "old" in the OP.

Insect Overlord Moderator
#9

MathsManiac said:
Sorry! I missed the "old" in the OP.


No worries. Things tend to get awkward when pre-Caighdeán Oifigiúil stuff comes up!

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