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Pronunciation of “seo é” and “seo í” in Colloquial Irish
Posted: 26 February 2017 09:49 PM   Ignore ]  
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Hello,

I’m working through the course “Colloquial Irish.” While listening to the audio,  specifically the audio for lesson 1, I’m not sure if I’m hearing the speakers correctly. When they say “Seo í Bríd” or “Seo é Séamas” it sounds as if there is a letter d between “seo” and “é” (or í). To me, it would make sense to stick a consonant in there to break up the vowel sounds, but I just wanted to confirm. Can anyone familiar with Connemara Irish comment on this? If I’m hearing it correctly, does this happen in other scenarios as well?

Go raibh maith agaibh,
Harrison

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Posted: 27 February 2017 06:04 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Dear Harrison,
Yes, indeed, adding a “d” sound to “seo” is a very common alternative pronunciation in Connemara. It’s sometimes even spelt “seod é...”. But I think this phenomenon is only limited to é and doesn’t extend to other pronouns like í and iad.

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Posted: 27 February 2017 08:36 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Onuvanja - 27 February 2017 06:04 AM

Dear Harrison,
Yes, indeed, adding a “d” sound to “seo” is a very common alternative pronunciation in Connemara. It’s sometimes even spelt “seod é...”. But I think this phenomenon is only limited to é and doesn’t extend to other pronouns like í and iad.

It can be used with í and iad, too
Examples from Gaeilge Chois Fhairrge (de Bhaldraithe):
Seod í annseo í ; Seod iad iad, Ní h-eod iad an dream iad

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Posted: 27 February 2017 09:50 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Go raibh maith agaibh! I appreciate the clarification.

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