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11-05-2019, 17:10   #1
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laethúil nó laethiúil?

Title says it all – my teacher spells it "laethiúil" in her notes, but every dictionary I can find spells it "laethúil". I'm guessing she's wrong and that this is just one of the few examples where caol le caol doesn't apply, like in laethanta?
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11-05-2019, 18:59   #2
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Title says it all – my teacher spells it "laethiúil" in her notes, but every dictionary I can find spells it "laethúil". I'm guessing she's wrong and that this is just one of the few examples where caol le caol doesn't apply, like in laethanta?
Spot on. The combination of "ae" should be treated as a broad vowel. Spell it your teacher's way for school to save yourself hassle, but spell it properly for exams.
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Title says it all – my teacher spells it "laethiúil" in her notes, but every dictionary I can find spells it "laethúil". I'm guessing she's wrong and that this is just one of the few examples where caol le caol doesn't apply, like in laethanta?
ligature of 'ae' is treated as a broad vowel. it's not a case of an eisceacht/exception or few examples, there are many, as you correctly point out laethanta, ask her why it is isn't 'laethianta saoire'...I wouldn't do it in front of the class but maybe grab her attention after a class and ask rather than tell. 'laethúil' is very common, students may be misspelling this in exams...worth highlighting it to the teacher.
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ligature of 'ae' is treated as a broad vowel. it's not a case of an eisceacht/exception or few examples, there are many, as you correctly point out laethanta, ask her why it is isn't 'laethianta saoire'...I wouldn't do it in front of the class but maybe grab her attention after a class and ask rather than tell. 'laethúil' is very common, students may be misspelling this in exams...worth highlighting it to the teacher.
No, I would ask I front of the class, as if she is wrong then she can clear it up for the benefit of all, not just one student. But ask in a good way, not publicly showing her up in front of the class.
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