Munster – Kerry

Kerry Irish is spoken in the south west of Ireland in Co. Kerry.

Kerry Irish phonemic consonant inventory

The consonant phoneme inventory of Kerry Irish is given below (Ó Siadhail 1989, Ó Sé 2000). The Kerry Irish vowel system can be roughly described as /i,e,a,o,u/, each occurring in long and short form.

Labial Coronal Dorsal Glottal
Stop pɣ pj tˠ tj kˠ kj
bˠ bj dˠ dj ɡˠ ɡj
Fricative fˠ fj sˠ sj xˠ xj
vˠ vj ɣ ɣj
Nasal mˠ mj nˠ nj ŋˠ ŋj
Liquid lˠ lj
rˠ rj

Tongue position during palatalization

The sample images below show the position of the tongue when palatalized vs. velarized consonants are pronounced.

Click on the links to listen to hear a Kerry speaker saying words containing those consonants.

Kerry labial consonants

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Learn about labial consonants

Kerry coronal consonants

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Kerry dorsal consonants

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Learn about dorsal consonants

Photos from Kerry