Hello there. I am new here, and to Gaelic. I have a question regardings nouns.
I study Scottish Broadsword fencing, and as part of that I have decided to learn Gaelic. To make it more personal though, I decided that I would sort of design my own vocabulary. Its more fun that way when I teach students, I can use the actual Gaelic words, and some conversation. I have a very good dictionary ( the giant Colin Marks one), but I’m afraid it doens’t explain everything. And when you are making flash cards, and don’t know the language that well, its nice to have every thing explained.
For example, I look up Sword, Claidheamh.
It gives the nominative singular; Claidheamh. I under stand that
It gives the genitive singular; chlaidheimh. I understand that
It gives the nominative plural, Chlaidhnean. I even understand that.
In the sample phrases though, they used the word Claidhimh;
Dh’aonaich e an duthaich le neart a’chlaidhimh
He united the country by the power of the sword
I check every source I can find and I cant find an explaination as to why the ‘ea’ would turn in to an i.
Does anyone know what case this is?
Is this a spelling rule when using the preposition “by the” ? if so, what is this rule?