Gheada

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Gheada in the Galician language is the debuccalization of the phonemes /g/ (voiced velar stop) and /ɣ/ (voiced velar fricative) resulting in one of the following variations:

At times, the sound is also articulated as /x/ voiceless velar fricative like in some Peninsular Spanish pronunciations of "jamón".

Gheada is predominant in Spain's Galician-speaking region and attested throughout its western half: in the provinces of A Coruña, Pontevedra, the westernmost part of Lugo, and the western half of Ourense. In the last two provinces, however, gheada is declining.

Orthographic representation[edit]

In Galician or Spanish dialogue, this pronunciation is represented by the digraph gh.

Examples:

  • "gato" ['gato] (cat) --> "ghato" ['ħato]
  • "pago" ['paɣo] (payment) --> "pagho" ['paħo]

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