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exercise XXXI

Sound of G

§ 193. What we have said of the sound of c may be repeated, with few changes, in speaking of the sound of g. It is never soft like the English g in gem. As a rule, its sound can be well represented by ordinary g: as, gort (gŭrth), a field, (gae), a goose.

§ 194. To the phonetic key we may now add—

G is sounded like g in begun
g is sounded like g in begin

And, as to the sounds of the Irish letter g—

g broad sound like G
g slender sound like g

§ 195. The two pronunciations of the English word "guide", as we hear them in Ireland are examples of the two sounds of the Irish g. As a rule, we hear the word pronounced with g (slender g), as g-yide, or in our phonetic system, (geid). Some persons, however, pronounce the g as g in "going".

§ 196. Examples

the word sounds like in English like keyword
gáoi -gy boggy (Gee)
gaor -ger auger (Ger)
-gy Peggy (gee)
gir -ger bigger (ger)

§ 197 Words

coróin (kar-ōn), a crown
geile (Gel'-ĕ), appetite
guirt (Girt), salty
guirtún (Girt-een), a little field
iasg (ee'-asG), a fish
iasgaire (ee-asG-er-e), a fisherman
salann (sol-aN), salt
seagal (shaG'-al), rye




note that
are not
necessarily pronounced
as in English

See § 13-16

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