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Irish Etymology Database

I've found that the etymology of English words can be easily found (especially with www.etymonline.com) but does anyone know of an etymological database for Irish words?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

As far as I know, there really isn't one for Irish. However, there is one for Scottish Gaelic online here that can be helpful if the word is still similar enough. It also shows Irish cognates. Wiktionary can also be helpful for some words.

2 years ago

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Thanks galaxyrocker! So, if I'm correct, I could look up the Scottish Gaelic word and do a personal mind association scan to guess if they're cognates and then use MacBain's database to find the Gaelic origin going down the Scottish tubes instead of the Irish. For example English: Pants / Irish:Bristi / Scottish:Briogais... I see the "Bri" and go to MacBain's and discover that another Irish word for it is "Brigis" (which throws me off a little but what language doesn't have multiple words for something?) find out it's rooted in English "Breeks" or "Breeches." So then I go to Etymonline and find out it could have PIE roots in "bhreg" or Proto-Germanic "bracca" and that "bhreg" means "to break" with cognates in Sanskrit "giri-bhraj" meaning "to break forth (out of the mountains" and that Old Irish "braigim" means "break wind" which finally gives me some clue as to why "bri" would be used in a word about what covers our posterior...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

No, if you wish to look into old Irish you must be a German/Austrian professor who can write a four volume treatise in a weekend and is capable of deriving the current form of a word's genitive from the initial quantum state of the big bang.

2 years ago

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a lot of us who are interested in language and its intersectionality are also fascinated in the etymologies, cognates, histories, transliterations, etc etc of words and phrases and their past and present usage and meaning :)

2 years ago

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If you like diving into the uses of those etymological roots, you could try the eDIL — for example, the headword braigid includes information on braigim. (Some entries are terse, and some are verbose — it depends upon the particular word.)

2 years ago

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is the website you posted about specific about accents when searching for words?

2 years ago

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When I search for a word with accents, I include the accents in that word; I haven’t tried searching for an accented word by putting it in without accents. Give it a try without accents, and leave a reply with your findings.

2 years ago