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James (199.112.55.62 - 199.112.55.62)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

OK. The vocative requires lenition on consonants that can take a séimhu. What about proper nouns that begin with vowels? My gut tells me that they don't lenite but I'm not sure.

Mar sampla: when writing a letter to a priest how would one begin?

A Athair???

I know I'm going to feel really dumb for asking this later but I can't find it addressed in any of the books I have with me.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh.

Le meas,

James

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Seosamh (12.42.245.2 - 12.42.245.2)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 05:21 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My gut tells me they lenite, but in fact they do not.

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Seosamh (12.42.245.2 - 12.42.245.2)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 05:23 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I meant that vowels do not prefix an 'h' after the vocative particle "a".

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