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"An Bhlarna."


September 3, 2014



No, Blarney's right, many town names have "An" as Gaeilge, see "An Daingean" for Dingle.


should this be 'the Blarney' or 'Blarney'?


There's obviously a tech error with this. First time I got it i answered just 'blarney' and was rejected stating the correct answer should be 'The Blarney'. So this time I answered 'the blarney' and got rejected with the correct answer being 'Blarney'. I've never known Duo be case sensitive but i tend to only use lowercase for speed, but that's been the only difference. My money is on a simple tech problem anyway.


And it's just done it again. This time I matched cases. 'The Blarney' being rejected for 'Blarney' when it's literally just required the opposite during the same session. So tech problem for sure. (Oct 2018).


Actually this is a problem now. This is the last repeating question in a lesson. It alternates the 'correct' answer so giving the same version twice in succession should get me out of the loop without having to quit the lesson and lose all progress in it. I'm giving it a go anyway.

(Update - Yep, that worked.)


So...as a rule, most place names have the article?


This requires pure memorization, I'm afraid. Some do and some don't.


Most tend to, but unfortunately, there's no hard and fast rule, so you generally need to learn each town-name individually, like "Port Láirge" for Waterford, and "Loch Garman" for Wexford.


Most placenames don't have the article. And i don't know if any rule which points to when you should or shouldn't use the article, I'm afraid.


Okay, so there is a place called Blarney. But, isn't "the blarney" (as slang) considered synonymous with "bull crap".


That actually comes from the same place. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone you get "the gift of the gab" (or the ability to talk a load of shite as we'd say here in Ireland).


Why is Blarna lenited?. It ends with a vowel, so it should be masculine. Is this correct, please? I cannot find Blarney in my dictionary to see if it is masc. or fem. Am I correct in saying that only singular nouns following the definite article are lenited?

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    Why is Blarna lenited? It ends with a vowel, so it should be masculine.

    Not all nouns ending in a vowel are masculine, e.g. comhairle is feminine. Blarna is lenited because it is feminine so you have an Bhlarna.


    Blarney (Irish: an Bhlarna) meaning "the little field" An blár ... ?

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      According to O'Reilly's dictionary blár is a plain, a field. It is a masculine noun so in the genitive case it would be bláir, e.g. cloch an bhláir. The diminutive form of blár is bláran which means a little field.

      Blarna on the other hand is a feminine noun, so in the genitive case it would be Blarnan as in cloch na Blarnan.

      Some folklore associated with it is given here.


      If I'm pronouncing this with the non-Munster broad bh, is there a schwa between the Bh (/w/) and L, giving it almost three syllables?


      I believe even accents that usually have [w] for /v/ have [v̴] before another consonant, so you’d say [ˈv̴ɫar̴n̴ə] in any accent. The insertion of /ə/ only happens at the end of word, between n/l/r and non-coronals, e.g. leanbh /ˈljanəv/ [ļæn̴əw, -v̴].


      i dont really follow, but as somone from conamara, i'd pronounce it v-lawr-neh hope it helps!


      Does Bhlarna mean anything or it really just the name of the Castle/place?


      what is the difference between Blarna and Blarnan ??


      Blarnán is the genitive of Blarna.

      The genitive can be understood in a couple of different ways. It can be used to indicate ownership ("Blarney's Castle") or an "of" relationship ("the Castle of Blarney", which can also be an indicator of ownership) or when a noun is being used as an attribute of another noun, like an adjective ("Blarney Castle").


      Why is Blarna singular in the nominative, but plural in the genitive/status constructus ("an Bhlarna" versus "Cloch na Blarna")? Or is "na" NOT plural in the genitive?

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        Blarnan is singular in Cloch na Blarnan.

        Feminine nouns use na in the genitive singular.

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