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 Post subject: Pronunciation of [á]
PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012 10:48 pm 
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Since I can't respond to the original topic at IGTF, I'll start a parallel thread here in the hope that one day the OP at IGTF may find it:

Streetcleaner wrote:
How do you pronounce the [á] in the word «tá»?
Is its pronouciation different in other words?

Thanks a lot
Gumbi wrote:

As Gumbi says, when pronounced carefully the á in is the same as in other words, that is, AW /ɑ:/ in Munster and Connacht (it's different up North).

However, in rapid speech tá sé TAW SHEH /tɑ: s´e:/ is shortened to TAw sheh /tɑ s´e/ (and again it's different in the North.)


WARNING: Intermediate speaker - await further opinions, corrections and adjustments before acting on my advice.
My "specialty" is Connemara Irish, particularly Cois Fhairrge dialect.
Is fearr Gaeilge ḃriste ná Béarla cliste, cinnte, aċ i ḃfad níos fearr aríst í Gaeilge ḃinn ḃeo na nGaeltaċtaí.
Gaeilge Chonnacht (GC), go háraid Gaeilge Chois Fhairrge (GCF), agus Gaeilge an Chaighdeáin Oifigiúil (CO).

PostPosted: Sun 11 Mar 2012 11:08 pm 

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Yeah, in Donegal, it's a plain "ah"-sound, and in the far north, Gweedore/Cloghaneely it becomes a sound between ah and eh, when it is stressed.

Is fearr Gaeilg na Gaeltaċta ná Gaeilg ar biṫ eile
Agus is í Gaeilg Ġaoṫ Doḃair is binne

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