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Preliminary Recommendations


Application to Irish

Since Irish, like the other Celtic languages, differs in some striking ways from the Romance and Germanic languages of Europe, it is of interest to see how it can be incorporated in the EAGLES framework. The major morphosyntactic peculiarities of Irish are:

The initial mutations and the palatalisation of final consonants are important parts of the morphosyntactic system. Orthographically, lenition is indicated by adding `h' to the initial consonant, and eclipsis by prefixing the mutated consonant to the base consonant. This gives word-initial sequences {bp, dt, gc, mb, nd, ng, bhf}. Palatalisation of final consonants is indicated by inserting an `i' before them. The quality of other consonants is indicated in a similar way by the adjoining vowels, `i' and `e' for palatal and `a',`o' and `u' for velar, which explains the large ratio of vowels to consonants in the written language.