[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
j.mills at email.com
Fri Jul 4 08:44:18 IST 2008
In order to determine whether schwa is a phoneme in Cornish it is necessary to demonstrate minimal contrast with all the other vowels. It is often said that schwa is not a phoneme of English because there is no minimal contrast pairs between [@] and [V] in unstressed syllables.
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> From: "nicholas williams" <njawilliams at gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
> Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 08:32:22 +0100
> 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 [@]
> ha is lowered by the preceding h.
> 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?
> > -- Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent
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