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Properly pronounce uisge-beathe

When I hear the audio of uisge-beathe, I hear the B in beathe sound as a B. I thought that once the words water and life are combined to mean whiskey as a name, the B is now in the middle of a word and sound as a P like in the name Caimbeul. Is it a regional thing or is it because whiskey is not a proper name?

April 21, 2020

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I don't know the answer to your specific question -- but there is a little online information about Scottish Gaelic compound nouns.
In addition to the different dialects there are grammar rules that apply for compound nouns that affect the pronunciation.

  • on the Scottish Gaelic Grammar wiki --


-- and in Beagan Gramair by Akerbeltz here --



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