I was wondering about the Ulster pronunciation of “breitheamh”…the Foclóir/Teanglann Ulster pronunciation says it, “BRAY•hev,” but (in [color=blue]other[/color] words with [color=green]identical[/color] endings) the ending is always an “oo” sound…was the “hev” ending maybe a regional variation particular to that one speaker? Is it also pronounced “BRAY•hoo” elsewhere? Thanks! ðŸ˜Š
“Meitheamh” (‘June’) is another word the second syllable of which is pronounced ‘iv’ rather than’oo’ in Donegal. I asked some native speakers a few years ago about this, but none of them knew why. I thought Lughaidh might have had something to say about it.
If I remember correctly, O’Siadhail writes in his Learning Irish that “comhar” is pronounced with /u:/ in Cois Fhairrge Irish, while “comharchumann” is pronounced with /o:/ due to the fact that the former has always been in the dialect, but the latter is a recent coinage and has therefore not undergone the same historical sound changes. I wonder if something similar is at work here..?