[Spellyans] SWF vowel inconsistencies
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
> Yn lel,
> -John Sheridan
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> Spellyans at kernowek.net
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