Saturday, 23 July 2011

Accenting The Micheál and Elizabeth Feller Collection & Where to Buy in the Netherlands

I have had many questions about that accented a in Micheál Feller's name - no, it is not a misprint, the acute accent really does rise over the letter a and not the e. This accent is called a síneadh fada and is a feature of Irish Gaelic. (In Scottish Gaelic the accent is grave and falls down on the vowel as opposed to rising.) Its nature is to lengthen the vowel sound. So, there you have it. And the image is one of the book pages showing details of the fabulous Frances Lockwood's sampler of 1633. If you live in the Netherlands then you can obtain a copy of this book from the wonderful Naald & Draad in Roermond and Boekhandel van de Moosdijk in Someren.

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