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Subject: Re: Help with pronunciation of Welsh word
From: invisibleplanet <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:01:08 +0100

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Shae wrote: 

"Hi all

'Ymadawiad Arthur' is the title of a musical composition by uileann piper Shaun Davey. 
What does the first word mean, and how is it pronounced phonetically?

Thanks for any help.


Hi Shae, 

Ymadawiad is pronounced  &#216;-ma-dau-yad where &#248; is pronounced like an 'e' 
but with lips 
rounded as though you were saying 'o' giving a sound like 'feu' or 'boeuf'.

From: ymadaw (m), the stem of ymadael (verb) to depart, plus the suffix -iad which 
forms the noun. 

Plural=ymadawiadau (&#248;-ma-dau-ya-de) 

Meaning: departure (way-going, passing), departure (as in resignation from a job), death

The title is taken from a poem by T. Gwynn Jones, bardic chair of the 1902 Eisteddfod, 
about the death of Arthur after being wounded in battle. 


ps. if the phonetic symbol doesn't work in this list, the missing symbol is an 'o' with 
diagonal line through it. 

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