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 Enya 姉妹の発音について Gaeilge-B リストで話題になった。Panu さんがいつもながらの明快な説明をしているので、引用します(太字は私)。

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 13:15:10 +0300
Sender: Lucht Foghlamtha na Gaeilge
From: Panu Petteri Höglund
Subject: Re: another question about irish to english names

Citerar Bevan Christians :

> "Eithne Ní Bhraonáin" is Enya's name as gaelic and "Maire Ní Bhraonáin" is her sister Moya.
>
> Uhm how do u pronounce their names in irish exactly. or does it sound the same as we pronounce it in english because i thought "Maire" is "Mary" in english.


Well, both Enya and Moya are English approximations of the local Irish pronunciation of these names. You are correct that Máire is Mary in English, but Moya is an attempt to imitate the pronunciation of the name in her dialect (Ulster Irish), where slender r tends to become a "y" sound and -ái- tends to diphthongise into something reminiscent of "oy".

In Connemara Irish, for example, Máire has an audible slender r, and the -ái- is not a diphthong but simply a long "aw" sound.


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