[Spellyans] del 'leaves' and dèl/dell 'so, as'

ajtrim at msn.com ajtrim at msn.com
Sat Dec 13 19:12:34 GMT 2008

Thanks, Daniel.

I think that explains why unstressed "so" is <del> in the SWF.
Sooo, it does follow the SWF rules, after all.

Sooo, is it always unstressed?
If "so" is stressed, as it is in my two sentences above (and this one too), do we spell it <dell>, or does the vowel become long?

Certainly in English, "so" is often stressed. Of course, Cornish is not English.

What do we do in KS???
I still think that <dell> would be best for KS.


Andrew  J. Trim

From: Daniel Prohaska 
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 4:09 PM
To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list' 
Subject: Re: [Spellyans]del 'leaves' and dèl/dell 'so, as'

It’s <del> and <war> in the SWF because they are unstressed. Just like <gwedhen> is spelt <gwedhen> and not **gwedhenn. The SWF rule is that consonants are not doubled in unstressed syllables. E.g. <rag> is /rag/ when unstressed, but /ra:g/ when in stressed in the sentence, i.e. usually when it’s used as an adverb rather than a preposition.



-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Everson
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 3:20 PM


"In the SWF and KS we have a rule that in monosyllables a vowel is short before -ll. So the expected form of the word 'so, as' is <dell>, just like <pell> 'long'. We can distinguish <del> 'leaves' and <dèl> 'so, as', but why not <dell>? <Dell> also happens to be the form in KK. Why do we have <del> for 'so, as' in the SWF?


Ray Chubb told me that Albert Bock had argued against <del> (our <dèl>) because it would imply that we ought to write <warr> 'on'. We write <wàr>, but in terms of orthography design I think Albert's view is incorrect. Yes, both *<warr> and <dell> follow the rule and give nice predictable short vowels. But <dell> occurs 152 times in the corpus, so there's certainly no reason to avoid it. True, we don't like <warr> which contrasts with <war> [wæ:r] 'beware'. But in good orthography design we should use the predictable rule whenever possible and mark only exceptions.


I think we should write <dell> and not <dèl> in Kernowek Standard."




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