the present volume the aim has been to present as rich a cross-section
of the Gaelic language as possible in the space available, giving due
weight both to the new contexts of our times and to the riches of the
past, as well as to both colloquial and more formal language.
registers, styles and contexts represented in the dictionary include:
vulgar, familiar, colloquial, formal and traditional words and
expressions; examples drawn from modem poetry, modem and traditional
song (an area that attracts many learners to the language), proverbs
and sayings and, occasionally, placenames; the more common vocabulary
of administration, politics and government, journalism and information
technology also figures here.
The Essential English-Gaelic (Scottish) Dictionary:
This volume complements the same compiler's Essential Gaelic-English Dictionary,
published by Birlinn in 2001. The intention has been to make available,
in a format that is pleasant to handle, a generous proportion of
"essential" or core Gaelic. For this reason much of the material given
is common to the two volumes, and can thus be accessed from the
starting point of either English or Gaelic.