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Is Gaelic the same as Celtic?

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Gaelic is an English word referring to the three Celtic languages of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

In their respective languages they are called Gaeilge, Gàidhlig and Gaelg. In Ireland the language is called simply 'Irish' in English and 'Gaelic' is thought to mean Scottish Gaelic.

Despite this some overseas continue to refer to Irish as 'Gaelic' confusing the issue. Perhaps the best compromise is the call them 'Irish Gaelic', 'Scottish Gaelic' and 'Manx Gaelic'.

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They are different dialects of the Gaelic language group; as their names indicate Irish Gaelic is the dialect most often spoken in Ireland, and Scots Gaelic is spoken in Scotland.
In most respects they are quite similar though some words, spelling, and pronunciation are different.

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They are different enough to be classified as separate languages.

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They all ultimately descend from Old Irish but Scottish Gaelic and Manx may have been more influenced by the Norse language. The geographic and historical separation would have contributed to the language developing along separate paths.

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There are variations of Gaelic in different countries, Irish Gaelic being one. Each are often referred to as Gaelic in their individual countries, so at times "Gaelic" could be referring to the Irish variation of it.

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The languages (Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic) have different phonology, vocabulary etc. and are classified as two separate languages.

In Ireland, the native language is referred to as "Irish" rather than Gaelic,

(although they realize that foreigners are likely to call it that).

In Scotland, their variety is called simply 'Gaelic'.

I personally would suggest using Irish and Scottish Gaelic in questions to differentiate.

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Both Irish and Scottish Gaelic are derived from Old Irish but are considered separate languages

today. Some refer to Irish as 'Gaelic' especially overseas. For clarity they can be called 'Irish Gaelic' and 'Scottish Gaelic'.

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There are two types of Celtic: one branch is the Gaelic (Irish and Scottish), the other is the Brythonic (Welsh, Breton).

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Not exactly. Gaelic is one of the two branches of Celtic; the other branch is Brythonic (Welsh, Breton).

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No. They are very different in lots of ways, such as pronunciation, grammar, the letters used and structure.

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Gaelic is a language family that includes Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic. Today, Irish Gaelic is known simply as Irish.

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