Monday, 4 May 2009

On the Ardnamurchan peninsula...

On the Ardnamurchan peninsula, rivers, streams and burns are often accompanied by road signs giving their names in Gaelic. While pointing to the presence and importance of water, this practice beautifully illustrates how place is particularised, marked and preserved by language.

'Abhainn Glac na h-Eaglais' is the 'Stream of the Hollow of the Church' and 'Allt Torr na Moine' is 'Burn of the Peat Mound'.

Thomas A Clark, May 2009

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