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Posted: 06 January 2012 01:35 PM   Ignore ]  
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Lá Fhéile Bríd/Phádraig - I can’t figure out why féile should be aspirated after lá, which is masculine. Any help appreciated!!

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Posted: 06 January 2012 02:21 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Because it’s a “suspended genitive”, I guess. Cf “hata fhear an phoist” etc.

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Posted: 06 January 2012 03:42 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thanks for the info Lugaidh, but I don’t know what a ‘suspended genitive’ actually means.

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Posted: 06 January 2012 04:03 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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The suspended genitive is putting a lenition (sèimhiù) on a word instead of putting it in the genitive, this happens when you have 3 nouns together, eg.
hata fhear an phoist = the hat of the man of the post : since “an phoist” is already in the genitive, you don’t put “fear” in the genitive so you lenite it.

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Posted: 06 January 2012 04:16 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Ah thanks Lughaidh thats great! GRMA.
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