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Irish and Scottish Fada's

Post 1


Can anyone explain why the Irish and Scottish fadas (the apostrophes over vowel sounds to make them longer) are the opposite way round? For example, in Irish, 'welcome' is 'fáilte', whereas in scottish, it is 'fàilte'.

Any ideas?

Irish and Scottish Fada's

Post 2


Unfortunately that is Gaelic, which much to my shame I know nothing about. I'd be very interested in the answer though. I would suspect it is to do with pronounciation which I believe differs quite a bit between the Scots and Irish versions of the language.

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