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"Am bu toil leibh deoch, a sheanair?"

Translation:Would you like a drink, grandfather?

February 24, 2020



The pronunciation of "leibh" in the full sentence and the single word tile is different. One is more like "leeyoo" while the other uses "v" for 'bh' giving "leev". Is it a dialect artifact?


Most languages I know seem have confusion between /v/ and /w/. Gaelic is no exception. It differs between dialects, and between words for no obvious reason. Irish uses /w/ a lot more. English actually seems to be quite unusual in having a clear-cut distinction that does not vary much by dialect, so no one gets confused by minimal pairs such as vet/wet, vile/w(h)ile, vain/wane, vow/wow, etc.

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