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This entirely mute; as, an fairge, pronounce, an airge, the sea.
Mh is sounded like b; as, snaṁ, swimming; aṁujl like.
Ph is sounded, as in other languages, like ph in philosopher; as mo páiste, my child.
Sh and th are sounded as h alone; as, mo súil, my eye mo tis, my house. But †, before 1, ŋ, or p is entirely mute; as, mo plainte, my health; mo nua, my countenance; mo iron, my nose.
L, n, p, are called immutable, because they never change, or lose their sound, by the addition of h. But they alone can be doubled in the middle, or at the end of words; as, barr, a top ; cean, naiġim, I buy.
It is to be observed, that ol and lŋ, in the middle of words, are sounded like ; as, codlad, sleep; colna, flesh; pronounce collad, colla; and on like ŋŋ; as, ceadna, the same, pronounce
short, force on the i, Ua long, distinct, U long, force on the u,
short, force on the i,
THERE ARE THIRTEEN DIPHTHONGS,-viz.
Ae long, as ai in pain,
short, as io in fashion, Ju long, as u in fume,
short, as i in shirt, Oj long, force on the
lae, of a day.
reól, a sail.
bjolar, water cresses. cjúnar, quietness. Fluch, wet.
coin, a crime.
THERE ARE FIVE TRIPHTHONGS, WHICH ARE ALWAYS LONG,—VIZ.
Aoj nearly as we,
Jaj force on both the i's,
In the inflexion and combination of words, certain consonants are frequently prefixed to others, with which they cannot be sounded; and the adventitious consonant is then said to eclipse the radical one; viz: b, c, D, F, 3, m, P, s. t, when beginning a word, and followed by a vowel or by lor ; as also r, followed by ŋ, may be eclipsed thus:
is eclipsed by
m, 4 mbaile, our town.
In pronouncing these eclipses, the first consonant only is sounded; as, 4 maile, 4 geart, &c. Except 15, in which both letters are uttered, with a strong guttural expression.
Instead of by, the ancients frequently wrote FF; as, 4 ffearran, our land: cc, instead of 3c; as 4 cceart, our right; and , instead of dt; as, 4 ttejne, our fire; and these words are pronounced in the same manner, as if written 4 bfearran, q gceart, and 4 dteine.
An accent is placed over such vowels and diphthongs, as are naturally either long or short, when they are to be pronounced long; as, mac, a son, short; bár, death, long; Fjor, knowledge, short; cjor, rent, long.
Monosyllables ending in a, e, 1, u, being commonly long, require no accent over them; as, la, a day, Tu, thou.
In words of two or more syllables, the accent commonly falls on the first syllable; as, déigionaċ, last, múċajm, I extinguish.
In reading Irish, every letter, except and before 1 or p must be sounded. But some of the aspirated consonants are so slightly expressed as to be almost imperceptible; the reason of which is as follows.
According to the principle of the language, no number of vowels, meeting in a word, forms more than one syllable.
The poets, however, frequently wanting to lengthen words, by multiplying their syllables, devised the method of throwing in an adventitious consonant, generally or 5, to divide two vowels into two syllables; thus, tiarna, a lord, which consists of only two syllables, is divided into ʊgearna, of three syllables.
Now, as this manner of spelling was unknown in earlier ages, the primitive pronunciation is still so far retained, that the adventitious letters are passed over, with an almost imperceptible flexion of the voice.
In like manner and 3, which, always in the beginning of words, and frequently in the middle, have a clear and strong sound, are very commonly used at the end, merely to give a fuller vowel cadence to the termination, as, neartużad, to strengthen, ɲ a king.
FAMILIAR WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE.
Mo mac, my son.
Dejlb, a form.
Deoć, a drink.
Cluar, ear Gruaz, hair. Fual, urine. Uan, a lamb.
Cran, a bay.
Fájl, a ring.
Oir, east. Sdorm, storm. Trojs, a foot. Lost, a wound.
Broid, a goad.
Thear, third. Fujl, blood. Cupp, of a body. Cuirm, a feast. Cujo, a part. Muir, a sea. Sjoc, frost.
Smjor, marrow. Fjor, knowledge. Crior, a girdle.
Bjor, a spit.
Staid, a state. Sailm, a psalm. Cajle, chalk.
Aoj, an island.
Cuairt, a visit.