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Vowel Lenghtening and Diphthonization before ll, nn, r in Irish

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Interesting essay about the fact that you dont pronounce the vowel in a word like "poll" meaning "hole" as a short "o" but as a diphthong (a vowel sound with two parts) sounding like "au" as in "aww that hurts."  This is because in Old Irish this ll was really pronounced much more tensely and held longer than a single l, and the diphthongization of the "o" compensates for it just being pronounced as a single l now.  The r in question was rolled, and still is in Kerry.

 

http://dingo.sbs.arizona.edu/~carnie/publications/PDF/Diph.pdf

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