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"Bainne! Tapadh leibh athair!"

Translation:Milk! Thank you, father!

November 29, 2019



So is it correct that this sentence would be "Tapadh leibh a athair!" (to show we are talking to the father) but we omit the 'a' because athair starts with a vowel?


Why is it 'tapadh leibh' and not 'tapadh leat'?


In this case, it's the formal way of saying thank you. If you were speaking to an elder (such as a parent), you would use leibh rather than leat.


Do people really use the plural/formal form with close family members, even if they are the older generation? That seems so different from how it works in other languages with formal and familiar second person forms.


It is a highly personal thing for each family, but generally yes. Myself and the other contributors certainly would anyway.


Thank you for that. I wonder about the sociodynamics that lead to the choice of usage! So different from French or German where close family members will be tu or du even if they are elders. Can you tell me, in Gaelic church services, is God addressed as "thu"? This is the last bastion of the second person singular in English, only now being deliberately erased by progressive church usage. It was always explained to me that "thou" was the most intimate form of address as to a close friend or relative, and that it was a reflection of our closeness to God the Father. Which is a bit at odds with using sibh for your actual father. (Maybe I'm overthinking this.)


Yes, you do not use polite forms for God in Gaelic. :)


I assumed this was a formal tense speaking to a clerical Father; Would Scots-Gaelic speakers go to a priest or a minister ?


Sorry about the awkward question.


It really sounds like in 'athair' (and in the word for mother previously) the final sound (where the 'r' is) is almost a 'th' sound. Am I hearing that right?


I thought that too. It's very subtle but it's there. Is there a reason for this?


an r with an i before it often sounds somewhere between an r and a th. Hope that helps.


Is father pronounced ah haas, or ah hurh?

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