Llawygath wrote:Thanks for this thread - or should I say 'diolch yn fawr am yr edau 'ma'?
Croeso i chdi!
Llawygath wrote:This is a northern form (I've heard it's yn dydy/yn tydy up there, actually, so your source must have been leaving out yn). The southern and the form I usually find in teaching materials is on'dydy?.
Oh yes, that would be a northern form, I should have (or they should have) given the southern form as well. Thank you, I'll change it!
Welsh question tags are quite extensive field, there are different forms and developments in Northern and Southern Welsh, some of them tend to use a positive-negative/negative-positive pattern (sentence positive-tag negative/sentence negative-tag positive, mostly in the South) and some a positive-positive or negative-negative pattern (more often in North Wales). Southern forms often have subject pronouns, northern forms do not.
It can be quite confusing (at least to me), here is a comprehensive overview you might already know: http://benjamins.com/jbp/series/DIA/25-1/art/03rot.pdf
It would appear that these are the most common:Southern:
sentence, on'd yw e (or, as you write, on'd ydy e
)?/on'd oes e?/on'd allen ni? etc.
sentence, yw e?/oes e?/allen ni? etc.Northern:
sentence, (yn) t-ydy?/(yn) t-oes?/(yn) gallen ni? etc.
sentence, (yn) nag ydy?/ (yn) nag oes?/ (yn) na allen? etc.