Article "n"

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Article "n"

Unread post by Zwalla28 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:57 pm

Do the final "n"s in the article blend into the next word as dark/palatized version of themselves, or do they stay as weak "n"s? For example, is the "n" in "fon" in "fon fhòid" dark or weak? And is the "n" in "san" in "san iar..." palatized or weak?


Bhiodh gaol agam oirbh gu bràth, ma cheartaicheadh sibh na mearachdan sa' phost os cionn!
Sgeul aigeantach mòr ri linn,
Gu'm bi neart, agus ceart, mar ri treòir,
Do'n fhear sheasas còir an rìgh.

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Re: Article "n"

Unread post by akerbeltz » Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:32 pm

There's a long chapter in Blas na Gàidhlig about this ;)

But yes, in a nutshell any final -n of the definite article (an, nan, dhan, dhen...) assimilates into the next phoneme from a weak /n/ into:

/n/ > /N/ before a/o/u (including fh + vowel)
/n/ > /Nʲ/ before i/e (including fh + vowel)
/n/ > /ŋ/ before g/c

Elsewhere it gets deleted a lot, especially before l n r:
an rathad /ə'Ra.əd/

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