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

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Sun Dec 14 18:35:44 GMT 2008


I can’t think of any context in which <del> would be stressed in the phrase.



From: ajtrim at msn.com
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 8:13 PM

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

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


Andrew  J. Trim


From: Daniel <mailto:daniel at ryan-prohaska.com>  Prohaska 

Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2008 4:09 PM

To: 'Standard <mailto:spellyans at kernowek.net>  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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