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 Post subject: Pronunciation Help
PostPosted: Mon 17 Jun 2013 11:24 am 
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Hello all. I've been absent a while with more writing, but I have a question. A very simple one. I am putting my book Love & Redemption into audiobook, and because it has so much Gaelic in it, unfortunately, I have to take much of it out and infer it's there. But I wanted the narrator to say "I love you" - "Mo ghrá thú." If I could get a phonetic pronunciation of this to give her, that would be helpful. Thanks! (And I may have more before this is done.)

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 Post subject: Re: Pronunciation Help
PostPosted: Tue 18 Jun 2013 12:11 am 
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Here's a sound file for a Conamara-style pronunciation:

.:>:.Mo ghrá thú
muh GHRAW hoo
/mə ɣrɑ: hu:/

The broad gh /γ/ (gh in my phonics) is very similar to a German uvular r (deeper in the throat than a French r). Imagine gargling to soothe a sore throat.

Broad r is flapped like the Scottish English or Spanish r (strangely enough, NOT at all like the Irish English r).

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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).


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 Post subject: Re: Pronunciation Help
PostPosted: Tue 18 Jun 2013 12:52 am 
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Thanks! The narrator of the book seems confident she can pronounce it. She says she has sung in Gaelic before, but all help is appreciated!

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