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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... GAELIC ORTHOGRAPHY. by John Whyte.1 In the spring of the present year a Committee of the Gaelic Society of London issued a circular suggesting a conference to consider certain "important questions affecting Highland education generally, and in particular the orthography and grammar of the Gaelic language." The opinion of various Gaelic societies and individuals was desired as to the practicability and probable usefulness of such a conference, as well as an indication of the general questions and the points of grammatical detail that required consideration. The proposal was pretty freely canvassed in the public press, one subject or object in particular being pretty strongly emphasised as demanding very careful attention. That was the establishing of a standard of Gaelic orthography. Of course, all this implied that if the language was not at sixes and sevens, there was at least something seriously out of joint in its orthography, which represented not merely the diversities arising from ignorance, but differences about the reconciliation of which even the learned could not agree. In fact, one could not help inferring that after all there might be much truth in the old taunt that "Gaelic is a language that few can read, and nobody can spell." But not only was there said to be the absence of a standard of orthography, such as might be attained without resort to a phonetic system--such a standard, for instance, as obtains in any scholarly English treatise or a good English dictionary we were further oracularly informed that the sound and spelling of the Gaelic language have no relationship with each other. In fact, the reading of Gaelic is represented as being almost impossible of acquirement--." Few can read it " and to master its orthography is equally beyond t...

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