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09-11-2020, 18:46   #1
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Scots Gaelic vrs Irish

Im really really confused.


Are these languages considered mutually intelligible?

Everything i read from linguists says they are.


But that can just mean ...they can find an older form of a word in one language in another even if that word isn't used any more.

Or older grammar forms have more in common.

How mutually intelligible are they?
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09-11-2020, 19:38   #2
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I once read somewhere, that there were only about 800 words that were different between the two.
The pronunciation is quite different, but if for example, you watch a bit of BBC Alba, and read the subtitles at the same time, a lot of it will make sense to you.
It's a bit like me, (Cork city Irish), trying to understand a man from An Ceathrú Rua in full flight.
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I've studied Irish for thirteen years yet I haven't spoken a word of it since about 2005. I finished a course on Scottish Gaelic last Christmas, it took me about two months. I would say Scottish Gaelic or Gaidhlig as they call it is about 85-90 % similar to Irish. I would go as far as saying that it is the same language however it is spelled differently.

I'll give you an example; the word for sausage in Irish is ispín and the word for sausage in Scottish Gaelic is isbean. These seem like two different words however they are pronounced the same.
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18-11-2020, 10:49   #4
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To give a bit of background, this is where Gaelic came from -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/histo..._of_the_gaels/

There were 2 other nations around this time - the Picts and Britons - this is how they fit in. Both these groups were thought to speak a Celtic language more like Welsh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/histo..._of_the_picts/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/histo...f_the_britons/
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