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Re: reformed Welsh Spelling [to: Ray Brown]

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2003, 18:16
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> At 00:32 5.12.2003, Stephen Mulraney wrote: > >> Anyway, to paraphrase your >> comment about the Welsh letter |w|, hell will freeze over before you >> persuade the >> Goidelics to abandon their use of |aidheagh| as a vowel. Some of usrather >> like it:) > > > And how is it pronounced? [Ai]?
Actually, I'd have to see an actual word with that sequence in it to be sure, and I can't think of any right now. But here's a similar one: The Irish name for (the County) Louth is _Lú_ [lu:], but it used to be spelt somewhat more lengthily as _Lughaidh_, so that we have |ughaidh| for [u:] :). The more extreme cases of this in Irish have been reformed away (as with this example), but Scottish Gaelic has never undergone this particular orthographic impoverishment :). At one stage the |dh|'s and |gh|'s were pronounced as [D] and [G], but they've since fallen together and have often become semivowels (the exact way in which they're currently expressed depends on the dialect); However, long sequences of semivowels separated by vowels send to fade away after lengthening the first vowel. -- Stephen Mulraney If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, how- ever measured or far away. -- Henry David Thoreau