Re: Irish case folding

From: Séamas Ó Brógáin (
Date: Mon Jul 10 2000 - 08:04:36 EDT

Marco Cimarosti asked:

     Time ago, we discovered some complex behavior in the capitalization
     of Irish: some initial letters, called "mutations" never get
     capitalized ... I was wondering:

     Can these mutations only occur after a determinative, or can they
     also be at the beginning of a sentence?

Only after certain other words: they can't be at the beginning of a
sentence. (For fear of a pedantic correction, there is or used to be a
dialect form with initial <h> which could occur at the beginning of a
sentence [e.g. "hAinmníodh é ..."], but it is never written nowadays,
though sometimes spoken. Only lower-case <h> followed by a vowel is
possible in this construction.)

     Is this automatically implemented in the case folding function of
     localized word processors?


Tá fáilte romhat.

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