Breton/Level 1/Lesson 5

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Pronunciation rules[edit]

Foreword : This lesson does not treat of exceptions. Please refer to the next lesson on pronunciation for a full explanation including exceptions.


Pouezh mouezh / Accentuation[edit]

Accentuation is strong in Breton.

Accentuation may vary :

  • according to the length of the word
  • according to the group the word belongs to (word alone or name + adjective, etc.).


Polysyllabic words[edit]

Accentuation is on the penultimate syllable.




Monosyllabic words[edit]

Monosyllabic words alone[edit]

Monosyllabic words alone are accentuated.

Name with a short adjective[edit]

In the case of a monosyllabic name with a short adjective (no more than 2 syllables), the adjective is accentuated .

Name with a long adjective[edit]

In the case of a monosyllabic name with a long adjective (3 syllables or more), the name is accentuated .




Exceptions[edit]

The exceptions are not treated in this lesson. Please refer to the next lesson on pronunciation for a description of exceptions.