Chris Dixon (22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199)
|Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 04:40 pm: ||
Ceist agam oraibh.
Anyone have any thoughts as to why bean has a slender b, whereas the b is broad in all of the associated compounds - such as bandochtúir, bangharda and so on?
All suggestions gratefully received.
Fear na mBróg (188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206)
|Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 02:43 am: ||
ainm na mná
ainmneacha na mban
That probably has allot to do with it. In anyways, I've never heard anyone pronounce "bean" with a y-glide, ie. slender b, so removing the e makes sense.
Chris Dixon (220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168)
|Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 - 03:06 pm: ||
Go raibh maith agat as do chúnamh.
I suspected that the range of broad voiced bilabials that you find in various related forms would have something to do with it.
Like you, I don't really hear the word initial "b" as slender - although the "bh" obviously is.
One aspect that struck me as strange though was the use of what is, syntactically, a genitive plural form as a fairly standard prefix.
Is it not much more common to find genitive forms as the second element in a compound?
Gabhaim pardún agat as an teachtaireacht seo i mBéarla. Níl móran Gaeilge agam, ach tuigim Gaeilge shimplí... agus tá mé ag foghlaim!
Le gach dea-ghuí!