> No, it's slender. OI follows the spelling rule
> in most cases, so that words beginning si- or
> se- are pronounced /s’/ ("sh" as in "shave").
> There is, however, another point of interest.
> OI "siur" originally had two syllables: sïur or
> si-ur. The two syllables have been retained in
> Sc Gaelic "piuthar" (sister), pronounced roughly
> "pyoo-uhr". (How ScG ended up with the initial p-
> is another story entirely.) When the word was
> later reduced to one syllable in Irish, the vowel
> was lengthened as a kind of compensation ("siúr").
So close to "shee-oor" or "s'i:u:r"?
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