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August 09, 2012


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Great post, Susan. Thanks.

To what extent was Sixteenth Century Irish formalised or was spelling pretty much in the phonetic "eye of the beholder"? As a structured language, was it as evolved as English of that period?

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, John. Irish is an older language than English, and has always had a very vibrant literary tradition. There was a formalised literary language in the 16th century. I have found this interesting and erudite article on Irish spelling (on The English Spelling Society's website of all places!):


Thanks for the response and the link, Susan. I got a lot out of the Spelling Society page, although admittedly much was a struggle for a non-linguist.

I hope others see the link and read it.

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