Pronunciation of “seo é” and “seo í” in Colloquial Irish

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    Harrison
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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

    #46089
    Onuvanja
    Participant

    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.

    #46090
    Labhrás
    Participant

    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

    #46091
    Harrison
    Participant

    Go raibh maith agaibh! I appreciate the clarification.

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