Manx love poem
She dty yalloo ayns yn scaaney
Yn daan s’aaley aym
Agh jean siyr, t’eh goll ass
She my « ta graïh aym ort » jerrinagh.
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A translation into Manx (Gaelg). This Gaelic language, close to Scottish Gaelic, counts 1,500 speakers. My love poem, is for a pretty woman of Man island, a young lady surrounded by cats without tail.
The word Gaelic, refers to the group of Celtic languages spoken in Scotland, Ireland and Man. Originally there is a primitive Irish, from which descend, an old, then middle, then modern Irish, as well as the Manx, and the Gaelic of Scotland. The first traces of this ancestor of Gaelic languages date from the 4-6th century, these are names inscribed on ogham stones. Gaelic spoken in Man dates from the beginning of the 17th century.
For what remains of the Celtic languages (Britain and Great Britain) whereas previously they were widespread throughout Europe, we can divide them into two groups (goidélic or Gaelic (who do not have the "p") and brittonic (who have the "p")). Manx, Irish and Scottish are part of the 1st Gaelic group). The others Welsh, Breton, Cornish who keep the "p", belong to the Brittonic group.