§ 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, gé (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".
|the word||sounds like||in English||like keyword|
|coróin||(kar-ōn), a crown|
|guirtún||(Girt-een), a little field|
|iasg||(ee'-asG), a fish|
|iasgaire||(ee-asG-er-e), a fisherman|
as in English