[Spellyans] SWF vowel inconsistencies

Ken MacKinnon kenmackinnon at enterprise.net
Wed Jul 2 07:49:13 IST 2008

Yes - that is my problem too.  I attempted fourth grade exams two or three 
years ago - but came a cropper (inter alia) with the pronunciation in the 
oral test.  So that is where I am stuck at present.   With the current 
developments I do not see any way forward at present.

I do not propose to re-run my experience learning Gaelic ( as a teenager 
some sixty years ago in circumstances beyond reavch of any native speakers) 
having learned the language from books - I had effectively to re-learn it 
when I came in contact with actual native speakers whom I could not 
understand and who could not understand me.

This is a real problem and it needs to be addressed.

- an Ken ken

(Prof) Ken MacKinnon,
Ivy Cottage, Ferintosh,
The Black Isle, by Dingwall,
Ross-shire  IV7 8HX
Tel: 01349 - 863460
E-mail: kenmackinnon at enterprise.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Sheridan" <john_s_sheridan at yahoo.com>
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 1:16 AM
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] SWF vowel inconsistencies

> --- On Tue, 7/1/08, nicholas williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't understand what you mean by this remark.
>> It's not most KK speakers, it's all KK speakers
>> (except Ben Bruch who
>> now doesn't believe KK anyway).
> Well, and Ben's students, e.g. me.
> Although I've wondered often if, in order to pronounce revived Cornish 
> properly, I need to overlay it with a heavy southwestern UK accent.  That 
> is not meant to be a criticism in any way, but a legitimate question.  If 
> the current Cornish language community uses the inventory of vowels and 
> consonants from their native English dialect when pronouncing Cornish, 
> doesn't that amount to those sounds being the inventory of sounds in 
> contemporary Cornish, and shouldn't I emulate that?  If, rather, I try to 
> pronounce it as laid out in some book whether by Ken George or by you, 
> Professor Williams, or anyone else, can I be said to be pronouncing it 
> properly?
> Yn lel,
> -John Sheridan
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