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Date:January 11th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)

Regional accents in Gaelic?

What your grandmother is doing isn't wrong and doesn't need to be corrected! the slender "ch" sound does become an "sh" sound in some dialects, and I've come across this before in Cape Breton. I believe this is a feature of some mainland dialects. The late Greg Smith of the Margaree area used to pronounce "dùthaich" as "dùthais", for example. I've heard "cheannaich" pronounced "cheannais," "bodaich" as "bodais", etc. Personally, I'd encourage you to learn as much of your grandmother's dialect as possible. Two people you could seek more information from: Jim Watson at the Highland Village and Ken Nilsen at the Celtic Department of Saint Francis Xavier. Gura math a thèid leibh!
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