"In South Wales"

Translation:Yn Ne Cymru

April 27, 2017

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Does the "Ne" come before the "Cymru" because it is a special name, or is "Ne" an adjective that comes before a noun, or ...?


In Welsh, the compass directions are treated as nouns, not adjectives. Putting two nouns together shows a possessive relationship between them, with the thing possessed coming first in the pair:

  • car Dewi - Dewi's car (literally, in awkward English, 'the car of Dewi')
  • tîm Cymru - the Welsh team (lit - 'the team of Wales')
  • de Cymru - south Wales (lit - 'the south of Wales')

Note that Welsh does not need the equivalent if 'the' and 'of' in the English patterns.

So, and remembering that yn used as a preposition meaning 'in' causes a nasal mutation:

  • yn ne Cymru - in south Wales


Diolch, mae hynny'n ddiddorol iawn. In English, "south" is an adjective in that context. I'm learning so much - thank you.

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