The page of Brithenig
`Yn nediwn seint yn llinghedig, yn nediwn seint yn cor'
Questions are formed by changing the word order of the subject and the
Gw pharlath Brithenig, `You speak
Note the change in sentence order causes softening to occur on following
words. Also the -th ending on the verb has been
Parla'gw Frithenig?, `Do you speak
When the subject is a noun it remains before the verb but the equivilent
pronoun is placed after the verb:
Ill car es llâ, `the car is there'
Brithenig has a set of question words similar to English:
Ill car es-ys llâ?, `is the car there?
Question words come at the beginning of sentences, except for
Di ghi?, whose?
Ke gws?, what?
A ch'lwg?, to where?
Di g'lwg?, from where?
Co?, how, what kind of?
Cant?, how much, how many?
Ke sig?, how?
Ke dem?, when?
Ke gar es-ô?, Which car is that?
Coand ke replace the article and
cause softening. Other question words which act adverbially cause
following verbs to soften.
Ill car di ghi es-ô?, Whose car is that?
Ke sig? is used with adjectives:
Ke si wirdd er gwstr cum?, `How green was your
In answering the word order is retained with the question word
Ke gws es gwstr nôn? - Rhaifun eo f'affell,
`What is your name? - I am called Ray'.
Brithenig speakers can put the interrogative tag es-sa
rhen, isn't it? at the end of sentences. The tense of
the verb and the number and gender of the pronoun may change, but, unlike
English, the negative rhen is not dropped:
Gw h-affellath Padrig, es-ys rhen?, Your name is
Patrick, is it not?
Ty fi nglafaf rhen, er-ty rhen?, You didn't call
me, did you?