Vowels before rr ll nn

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Short vowels become long vowels or diphthongs before rr, ll, nn, m in all positions except when a vowel follows rr, ll, nn, m. Listen and note the difference between the following:

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[aː] [baːR] barr top (n.) [a] [baRəxg] barrachd more
[aː] [gʲaːR] gearr cut! [a] [gʲaRəɣ] gearradh cutting
[au] [auN] ann in him [a] [aNə] Anna Ann(a)
[ɔu] [dɔuN] donn brown [ɔ] [dɔNə] donna brown (pl.)
[ai] [kaiLʲ] caill lose! [a] [kaLʲɪ] caillidh will lose
[iː] [miːLʲ] mill damage [i] [miLʲəɣ] milleadh damaging
[au] [aum] àm time [a] [ama] ama time (genitive)
[iː] [iːm] ìm butter [a] [imə] ime butter (genitive)



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Vowels - Consonants - Fricatives - Slenderisation - Pre-aspiration - Lenition - Helping vowel - Diphthongs
Hiatus - l n r - rt & rd - Vowels before rr ll nn - Unstressed vowels