[Spellyans] -ita

Eddie Climo 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  
> often
> 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,  
such as:

> 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.

Eddie






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