minstrel: Re:Welsh Pronunciation (was: Welsh Songs)

Heather Rose Jones hrjones at uclink.berkeley.edu
Wed Oct 29 11:27:43 PST 1997


On Wed, 29 Oct 1997, Diana Hammond wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, Heather Rose Jones wrote:
> 
> > Pronounced exactly as in English: B, D, H, L, M, N, P, R, S, T
> 
> Two additions which came to mind as I was reading Tangwystyl's excellent
> primer on Welsh pronunciation were these: 
> 
> The r isn't exactly as in English, as it is a lightly rolled r sound - at
> the front of the mouth as in Spanish, rather than at the back as in
> French.

As a person congenitally unable to roll "r"s, I tend to neglect this
point.

> And the combination 'si' ends up taking on the 'sh' sound of English.
> Thus, the word 'siop' in Welsh is pronounced as 'shop' would be in
> English.  

That _does_ technically fall under the general rubric of "as in English"
when you consider words like "tension".

Tangwystyl


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