By Raymond Hickey

The ebook deals an easy-to-grasp review of different types of glossy Irish inside of a normal linguistic framework. according to recordings of greater than 2 hundred audio system (accessible as supplementary fabric at the accompanying DVD), the booklet demonstrates the power and breadth of the present-day language. Maps and tables enable effortless orientation one of the types of smooth Irish.

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For instance, the lexical set TRAP covers all words which show the same vowel – basically a short low front vowel – although this may be pronounced differently by different speakers. So if a speaker has [æ] in TRAP, that same speaker will have [æ] in shall, bad, plan, cat, etc. If a speaker has [a] in TRAP then that individual will have [a] in all words of that lexical set. Thus the sample word, here TRAP, stands for all members of the lexical set in question. The notion of lexical set can be applied to Irish as well, both for vowels and for consonants.

For others the concern is with adapting Irish to the needs of twenty-first century Irish society in which local lore is not relevant. But whatever the pros and cons of either stance, the demise of traditional dialects has meant that linguistically significant information is no longer accessible to scholars. A case in point is East Mayo Irish, a few remnants of which were recorded by Thomas Lavin in a PhD and a few articles (Lavin 1956a, 1956b; Lavin / Ó Catháin forthcoming). 2 below for details, is different from that in other dialects and throws light on the relationship between phonological quantity and stress placement.

However, this does occur in Donegal Irish before liquids (qualifying statement, type 2). It is important to realise that qualifying statements do not invalidate general statements but rather serve to show that the latter do not apply without exception in all dialects. 2. Phonology Irish phonology shows the normal division into consonants and vowels. Length is distinctive for vowels but not for consonants. However, consonantal length was probably a feature of Irish before the Middle Irish period (900-1200) and the effects of long consonants – called ‘emphatic’ or ‘tense’ (teann) in Irish (Ó Cuív 1987: 108) – on the vowels preceding them can still be seen today and the reflexes of these vowels are an important defining criterion for the different dialects of Modern Irish.

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