[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 08:32:22 IST 2008


Schwa is a phoneme. In the two utterances dyw gweth ha mantel 'two  
garments and a cloak' and
in gwetha prës 'unfortunately' ha and a would be [a] and [@]  
respectively.

ha is lowered by the preceding h.

Nicholas

On 4 Jul 2008, at 07:45, Michael Everson wrote:

> Is schwa a phoneme? When in §1.2 I introduce the
> phonemes, do I write /@/ or [@]? I guess we have
> a minimal pair in <dâ> [dæ:] 'good', <da> [d@]
> 'to'.
>
> We've written our phoneme corresponding to <a> as
> /æ/ because the pronunciation is long [æ:] short
> [æ]. We have written [ha] for <ha> 'and' however.
> Ought we?
> -- 
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