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

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Sun Dec 14 13:56:43 GMT 2008

No, finals in monosyllables are a special case.  With medials, I do  
include words like "gwella/gwelha" with those mentioned in my previous  
post where I dwell slightly on the L in pronunciation.  I don't  
include place names like Botallack where the -ll- is a modern  
affectation rather than Cornish reality ("talek" as a personal name).

I think that where a word like "del/dell" is usually unstressed, but  
stressed in certain phrases, it is the context of the phrase that  
determines the stress, rather than the word itself.  As this is  
generally understood, this should not affect the spelling of that word.


On 14 Kev 2008, at 10:19, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 13 Dec 2008, at 23:44, Eddie Climo wrote:
>> On 13 Dec 2008, at 19:48, Michael Everson wrote:
>>> . . . (The SWF then goes on to say in 4.0.3 that "some people"  
>>> pronounce double consonants as geminates which everybody knows to  
>>> be massively untrue, and anyway irrelevant as the doubling of  
>>> consonant graphs is evidently intended to indicate vowel shortness  
>>> (except in unstressed words). . .
>> Actually, I was taught to geminate the < -ll- > in such words as  
>> 'dalleth', 'banallek'.
> And there's the words with -lh- which seem to be the cause of  
> secondary gemination. But this is not the same case as finals in  
> monosyllables (stressed or not).
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