[Spellyans] Late Cornish adaptations
everson at evertype.com
Sat Aug 2 08:01:02 IST 2008
On 1 Aug 2008, at 18:52, Owen Cook wrote:
> 2008/8/1 Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> rug screfa:
>> You'd propose <Jôwan> and <Kernôwek>, then?
> Not I: you would need to.
Me? I don't quite follow that.
> Unless we keep <ew> in Late Cornish as an umbrella graph for ew~ow.
> Otherwise we have two <ow>s with different phonetic (and
> phonological) values occurring in the same context.
To mark these values regularly.... Let's look at it a moment. (I am in
Brittany and do not have my books with me.)
We do have some <bÿs>~<bës> words like (I believe) <bÿw>~<bëw> but
that alternation is catered for. I am not sure how many of these there
are. The SWF in §3.0 tries to use <y> as an umbrella graph for this,
writing <yw> for what it says is [IU]~[EU] (it also claims to
distinguish this from <iw> [iU]~[IU] which is a complete fiction).
Apart from the verb 'to be' KS writes <ÿw>~<ëw> regularly, and KS
rejects <iw> entirely.
We could either mark the <bêwnans>~<bôwnans> [eU]~[oU] words with
circumflex, or we could mark the <Jôwan> words with a circumflex. This
makes me wonder if there are words in <ew> which don't have an
alternation... in which case <bêwnans>~<bôwnans> is the better choice
as we would be marking an alternation. We would then have
<êwna>~<ôwna> 'emend' and <owna> 'fear'.
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