Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: 'Scottish Gaelic-English/English-Scottish Gaelic Dictionary' by R.W. Renton and J.A. MacDonald

Scottish Gaelic-English/English-Scottish Gaelic Dictionary by R.W. Renton and J.A. MacDonald, 2010, Hippocrene Books, $9.95, softbound, 162 pages. Category/Genre: language. Cover: attractive. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Books-A-Million.

We have a very large Scottish dictionary we inherited from our father, and we cherish it. However, it's only Scottish to English; you must know the Scottish word and look up the English, and we wanted a dictionary that would allow us to look up an English word and find out the Scottish translation.

So we got this book, and so far we're fairly satisfied with it. For nouns, four forms and its gender are generally given. Two forms of each verb are given, and two forms of adjectives are usually given. And, as Gaelic idiom demands that certain verbs and adjectives be followed by a particular preposition, these are indicated in brackets after the word. Also, the many forms of the definite article ('the') are included in italics with each noun to reinforce the rules and aid in recall.

A short listing of irregular verbs is also included at the back of the book. There are 8,500 modern entries, so you've got a good start with this dictionary, and the English-Gaelic section is expanded to make conversations and composition easier. There is a small grammar guide, as well.

Sadly, this book does not include a pronunciation guide. 

If you like this one, try: Dwelly's Illustrated Gaelic to English Dictionary, by Edward Dwelly. 

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