eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jul 1 17:48:42 IST 2008
On 1 Jul 2008, at 14:24, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> . . . Mutation is a curious thing in historical practice. It is so
> ignored and, in some cases introduced where it should not occur
> according to the rules . . .
In Welsh, some of the 'standard' mutation rules that learners cut
their teeth on actually vary in practice between dialects (and
perhaps between speakers, as well).
An example of this is the (variable) mutation after some numerals,
> 10 years = 'deg blynedd' or 'deng mlynedd'
> 5 years = 'pump blynedd' or 'pum mlynedd'
Perhaps the inconsistencies Craig refers to were caused by dialectal
variations in Cornish.
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