[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
everson at evertype.com
Fri Jul 4 10:45:02 IST 2008
At 09:03 +0000 2008-07-04, Jon Mills wrote:
>I maintain that there would be an audible
>difference between my pronunciations of [gwe:T
>a] and [gwe:T ha]. It is a question of juncture.
>Compare the pronunciations of English 'why
>cheats' and 'white sheets'. Both are
>[waitSi:ts]. Nevertheless there is an audible
One is [wai_tSi:ts] and the other is
[wait_Si:ts], but indeed in my dialect I would
have [wai_tSi:ts] and [w at it_Si:ts] as the quality
of the vowel in <why> and <white> is different.
(Conservative Pennsylvania dialect infected with
too much learning and 18.5 years in Ireland.)
>The 'because I say so' attitude is the
>particular problem for Cornish at the moment.
>It is why there has been so much strife and
>bitterness in negotiations to produce the SWF.
Bitterness from *our* side has been a reaction
against a revisionist reconstruction riddled with
errors. We had to fight against it for a long
time, all the while receiving years of nastiness
for daring to say that the emperor had no clothes.
>It is why we have a SWF that has a political
>rather than a sound linguistic basis. It is why
>we have a Standard Written Form rather than a
>Single Written Form.
I don't consider <bÿs>~,bës> to be problematic in
terms of "singleness". Do you?
>There is nothing wrong with saying, "This is how
>I pronounce Cornish, I accept that others may
>prefer to pronounce Cornish differently from me,
>and are entitled to hold their own opinions
>concerning how Cornish should be pronounced."
You're right, there's not. Our reference grammar
is for users of Revived Cornish, however, and
they need recommendations.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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