[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Jul 4 13:40:02 IST 2008


Being able to represent schwa by the symbol [@] does not make it a phoneme. The square brackets indicate a phone as distinct from a phoneme. And we do not, yet, have a set of minimal pairs to demonstrate that schwa is a phoneme of Cornish. At the moment we simply do not know.
Jon


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "A. J. Trim" <ajtrim at msn.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
> Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 11:25:08 +0100
> 
> 
> The fact that you need to represent the schwa using a special symbol [@] and
> the fact that you can demonstrate minimal pairs make schwa a phoneme by
> definition.
> Of course it does not have a phonemic spelling in the SWF or is KS, being
> represented by any of <a, e, o, u>.
> These orthographies are therefore not as phonemic as possible.
> Schwa could usefully be written <æ>but this would not be authentic, and
> there would be lots of them.
> Is there any way that we could make the spelling of schwa more predictable?
> For example, you could spell schwa <e> everywhere, and then mark all <e>
> that have a full sound with a diacritical mark such as an acute accent.
> For example, spellyans would then be spéllyens.
> This would work but it would not look very nice.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Andrew J. Trim
> 
> 
> 
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> Sent: Friday, July 04, 2008 7:45 AM
> To: "Spellyans" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: [Spellyans] Phonemic inventory
> 
> > 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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