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Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary Hardcover – 1 Apr 2001


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  • Hardcover: 1052 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; New edition edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841581097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841581095
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,920,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Thomas on 2 Jan. 2012
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This is the classic Scottish Gaelic-English Dictionary, researched by Edward Dwelly over a period and first published from 1901-1911. It remains very valuable for looking up words of all kinds and parts of verbs and it contains clear meanings and explanations. Of course it does not include more modern words. Any student of Gaelic will need to obtain a more recent dictionary of good quality and probably one which is Gaelic-English and English-Gaelic. Nevertheless Dwelly's dictionary is still an important resource in the study of the language and in understanding the vocabulary. It has been reprinted on a number of occasions, and is available in hardback and paperback. A book of this size, which is to be used as a reference book and perhaps well used, is certainly best obtained in hardback. This is definitely a dictionary which should most probably be bought by the serious student of Gaelic.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Carlos Cardoso on 2 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
It is an excelent book for students and self-learners around the world, that, even far away from home, can keep alive the ancestral blood, culture and, most of all, the language that tells ho we are. It is a very complete study about this ancient, dificult and complex language.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
comprehensive but outdated: not for beginners 28 Aug. 2000
By Jason P. Sorens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the "Faclair Gaidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan" in my high school library of all places and was so impressed by the beauty of the Gaelic language that I began learning it at once. Dwelly's dictionary is a massive tome, possibly including just about every Gaelic word in existence at the time. The place and family names reference in the back is also quite interesting.
That having been said, this dictionary is outdated in a lot of ways. It uses the old orthography with acute accents and lots of apostrophes in odd places. Also, it lacks an English-Gaelic section, which reduces the value-for-price ratio for the Gaelic learner, who is often attempting to translate his English thoughts into Gaelic. In my view, all a learner needs is Owen's "Modern Gaelic to English Dictionary" and Thomson's "New English to Gaelic Dictionary."
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
wonderful asset for gaelic hounds 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For this price...buy it, buy two...I paid four times that and would pay it again...all the illustrations...names of old herbs...modernized Gaelic family names reverted to old spelling and hence old meaning...a treasure
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
still a definitive resource 9 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although it is a fairly old dictionary, it remains one of the three most valuable reference dictionaries for the Gaelic language. It was compiled at a time when many of the old speakers were still alive, and so it contains a lot of information about what Gaelic was like when there were more and larger Gaelic speaking communities in Scotland. This is an excellent price for it, too. If you are looking for a Gaelic-English dictionary containing many of the older words no longer put in new dictionaries or just for a useful reference tool, this is an excellent investment.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Classic & comprehensive but not portable or for the beginner 4 May 2001
By R Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For- * It is the most comprehensive dictionary there is, and covers a variety of spellings.
* There is a section on proper names which while not comprehensive is one of the best available.
* There are one or two diagrams, which are highly useful, but these are often of very old fashioned things. The illustrations are wood cuts, and a little dull, but occasionally they are "cutely quaint".
* Grammatical tables can be found at the front, although these are slightly dated.
* (I was going to put this in the against section, but some people like it)- certain definitions are more like encyclopedic entries, and are a wee bit long... Many of these should be cut from the text and published separately. The Appendix to Dwelly (a separate publication) is not up to much, merely adding a few more words from Edward Dwelly's notes.
Against * There is no English-Gaelic section.
* It is very outdated in terms of vocabulary, spelling etc.
* There is a guide to "Gaelic mythological" figures at the end. While one or two of these do have a basis in authentic Gaelic mythology they are largely derived from the forgeries of James MacPherson.
* It is too bulky for carrying about with you.
* The font/typeface used is very small, making it hard to read at times.
* Not for children or absolute beginners, but certainly for anybody who is going to be at all serious.
There is a new edition of this dictionary coming out soon, but what the exact changes are, I don't know.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not just a dictionary: a wealth of information about the Gaelic language 2 Dec. 2006
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The beauty of this dictionary is its comprehensive coverage of Gaelic. The book was first published in 1901 and while this is the eleventh edition (published in 1994), its presentation and format reflects its origins.

My interest in Gaelic is not to speak it, but to read it and to (hopefully)understand it spoken. This dictionary has assisted me immeasurably, especially as much of what I seek to understand is 'older' Gaelic. Other Gaelic dictionaries provide more contemporary language, and phrasing more applicable to those seeking to communicate effectively more quickly with contemporary native Gaelic speakers. This dictionary, though, conveys the beauty of the language and an understanding of its structure in a way that helps to bring the language to life for those of us steeped in Gaelic tradition but some generations away from native speakers.

Highly recommended as an integral part of the library for all with an interest in Scottish Gaelic.

Slainte

Fionnabhair Chamshron nic a Ghobhainn

(Jennifer Cameron-Smith)
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