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Pronunciation of Scottish Gaelic Names

Hi!

I have a question about pronunciation of certain Scottish names. I'm thinking of writing a story with Scottish characters and I'm trying to make sure that I've got their names right.

Initially, the characters would be named Fingal and Fiona. But then I read that Fiona is not a true Scottish Gaelic name, and that the Scottish Gaelic form of Fingal is Fionnghall. So, then I decided that Fionnuala or Fionnula sounded more Scottish Gaelic than Fiona.

So, I've been wondering: what is the correct pronunciation of those names in the nominative and vocative? I've heard Fionnghall pronounced as FYOHN-uh-gall or FIN-gall.

In the vocative, where Fionnuala becomes 'A Fhionnuala' and Fionnghall becomes 'A Fhionnghall', what would the correct pronunciation of those names be? If, for example, Fionnghall is pronounced "FYON-uh-gall" in the nominative, would it be pronounced "A YON-uh-gall" in the vocative? If Fionnuala is pronounced "Fin-NOO-uh-la" in the nominative, would it be pronounced "A in-NOO-a-la" in the vocative?
Tags: pronunciation, scottish gaelic
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