Reading the Gaelic Landscape

Reading the Gaelic Landscape

by John Murray

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Following the success of the first edition, this new edition has been expanded and improved with additional images and enhanced drawings. The subject matter has been expanded with the chapter on grammar and pronunciation extended. There are examples of how Gaelic personal names and the human body are used in place-names and many etymological sources have been added to place-name tables. In addition to the generic index, there is now an index of specific place-names. Finally, there’s more to say about hares, bears and boars! Reading the Gaelic Landscape is essential for anyone who is interested in the Scottish Highlands and its native language. It enables people to read and understand place-names in Gaelic, providing insights into landscape character and history. The book enriches the experience of walkers, climbers, sailors, bird watchers and fishers by sketching the named context, where they practise their pursuits. Outdoor enthusiasts need no longer struggle with unfamiliar spellings and words, as they can develop a new perspective of place through an understanding of Gaelic toponymy. The ways Gaelic poets like Sorley MacLean and Duncan Bàn MacIntyre used the named landscape in their work is explored. Names are used to speculate about species extinctions and the history of the Caledonian Forest. Readers learn how place has been defined in Gaelic and how this has been recorded, through a deeper understanding of how native speakers applied their language to the landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849954235
Publisher: Whittles Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 54 MB
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Preface to Second Edition vii

Preface to First Edition vii

1 Introduction 1

2 A Brief History of Gaelic in Scotland 4

3 Mapping the Scottish Highlands 17

4 A Brief Guide to Gaelic Grammar and Pronunciation 27

5 Place-name Classifications - Revealing Layers in the Landscape 37

6 Landform and Hydrology 44

7 Landcover and Ecology 108

8 Land Use 141

9 Climate, Season, Sound and Time 162

10 The Cultural Landscape 169

11 Adjectives 211

12 Reading the Landscape through Place-names 225

Further Reading 231

Selected Bibliography 233

Index of Specific Place-names 238

Index of Generic Nouns found in Place-names 248

Index of Adjectives and Adjectival Nouns 263

Bibliographical note 264

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