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Alby (24.128.171.195 - 24.128.171.195)
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:20 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

For all intensive purposes, are bh and mh the same? Even in combinations such as abh and amh? Amh seems more like a dipthong. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.

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RobinF (66.87.137.230 - 66.87.137.230)
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm just a beginner, but my tapes do seem to differentiate between them only sometimes -- bhfuil and mhaith start with the same sound. At other times, one is v- and the other kind of vw-. Of course, I might be imagining things.

Is it a difference between slender/broad?

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Fear na mBróg (159.134.109.164 - 159.134.109.164)
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:27 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Yes, bh and mh are the same.

ar bhó
ar mhodh

i mbó
i modh


...although they are given a little extra function. Consider in English:

Pidgeon

It's common knowlege in English that when a d and a g are written side by side like that, you've got a j sound.
In Gaeilge, their sometimes used to indicate dipthongs. Mar shampla:

babhdán
staighre

You'll just have to learn to recognise them, or know them already, eg. receipt plumber debris.

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Ed (24.185.210.123 - 24.185.210.123)
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:33 am:   Edit Post Print Post

The phrase is "for all intents and purposes", Alby.

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