asgarnian123 wrote:Is there any way to tell whether <oi> in Scottish Gaelic is pronounced [ɔ] or [ɤ]? I'm not sure which it is in "coin" (dogs).
I was going to write this all out for you but then I remembered that Michael Bauer (akerbeltz) already has done that--and did a far better job at it than I could. What's more, he made it available in PDF form for free: http://www.akerbeltz.eu/booksg.html
Scroll down to the bottom of that page and you'll see two links called An Treòir Mhòr (leis na h-eisimpleirean) & An Treòir Bheag (na riaghailtean as aonais nan eisimpleirean). The first is the comprehensive reading/pronunciation guide in his book, Blas na Gàidhlig, in PDF form. The second is the same thing, but without all the examples. I'd recommend the one with examples. Just download, unzip, open and scroll down to the section for O sounds and you'll see the rules.
And yes, for oi, it's a bit complicated.