Phil (18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124)
|Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2003 - 03:02 pm: ||
I was at the zoo today. Where they write the title of the animal, they write it in English and Irish.
snow leopard = liopárd sneachta.
snowy owl = ulchabhán sneachtúil.
snow leopard -> leopard of snow -> liopárd sneachta
snowly owl -> ulchabhán sneachtúil
sneachta = snow
"sneachta" = noun, genitive case
"sneachtúil" = adjective
na teangacha ceilteacha
teangacha na ceiltigh
Anyone got any thoughts about this? I'm just wondering what it's all about and why one would choose one form over the other. If anything, it adds a bit of variety to the language.
I myself would probably prefer the genitive noun, but then again I'm not a fluent speaker so I won't know until I will be a fluent speaker.
A few more examples of adjectives used in the place of genitive nouns:
For example, would you say "a face razor" or "a facial razor"?