Of or relating to the Gael
s, or the ancient Celtic
peoples of Ireland
(Alba), and the Isle of Man
(Ellan Vannin) in Britain
It especially refers to their language
Gaelic(Gaeilge), the most prominent, and her sister languages; Manx
Gaelic(Gaelg); and (Scottish
) Gaelic(Gàidhlig). Their cousin languages from the Brythonic
Celtic languages are Welsh
(Kernowek), and Breton
(Breizh). All of them possess trill
ing r's, hard-only c's and g's, gutteral
s, and soft sounds also. All are poetic
languages, often sounding very Tolkien
The languages are now fragile
after centuries of prejudice from the English
. Still interest in them has risen in and around their homelands.
"'S e dùthaich gun anam a th'ann dùthaich gun cànan"?
Gu fìor; tha h-uile rud an-seo airson adhbhar. Gun e/i, marbhaidh 'n iomadachd na t-saoghail seo bìdeag is bìdeag. 'S e cànan àlainn A th'anns a' Ghàidhlig... bu lugha orm e fhaicinn dhol.
Cho fad is bhitheadh na Ceiltich cànanan beò, agus tha ùidh againn orra, bidh ann ronn na dòchais dhaibh.
("A country without a language is a country without a soul
Truly; everything is here for a reason. Without it, the diversity
of this world will die piece by piece. It is a lovely language that Gaelic is... I would hate to see it go.
As long as the Celtic languages are alive, and we are interested in them, there will be some hope for them.)