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Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is one of the Goidelic branches of Celtic languages still in use today. The Goidelic (northern) branch includes Scottish and Irish Gaelic as well as Manx, and is distinct from the Brythonic branch which includes Welsh, Cornish, and Breton.

Scottish Gaelic is quite similar to Irish, but has some important differences. The most obvious is that the accent, or fada, is written as a grave accent in Scottish Gaelic, as opposed to the acute accent of Irish. Some words have 'a' in Irish but 'u' in Scottish Gaelic, for instance cead/ceud "hundred". This is due to a spelling reform and standardisation which has taken place in Ireland under the auspices of the Irish government. Scottish Gaelic still uses the traditional uncial Gaelic orthography. Scottish, Manx and Irish Gaelic are all descended from Old Irish[?].



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