[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Jul 4 09:10:09 IST 2008


Nicholas did not demonstrate minimal contrast with all the other vowels of Cornish.

Actually, I would say [diU gwe:T @ 'mænt at l] if HA is unstressed. And I would say [diU gwe:T ha 'mænt at l] if HA is stressed.

A problem with inventing examples such as these is that one is effectively saying that such-and-such a word is pronounced like this because I say so.

Jon

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
> Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 08:50:39 +0100
> 
> 
> At 07:44 +0000 2008-07-04, Jon Mills wrote:
> > 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.
> 
> But Nicholas just did, did he not?
> 
> [diU gwe:T a 'mænt at l]
> 
> [In 'gwET@ pre:z]
> 
> 
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent


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