[Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Jul 11 09:36:06 IST 2008

I have certainly heard people using [Z] in words like kerensa/karenga.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks
> Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 23:30:36 +0200
> At 19:56 +0100 2008-07-10, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> > Can I suggest that the s/g sound is like the S of leisure (from West
> > Cornish speech), a soft zh sound rather than a hard J.
> You may suggest it, but Revivalists say kerensa [k@'rEnz@] and
> kerenja [k@'rEndZ@]. Evidently Ken George and Keith Bailey think
> everyone should change to say kerenzha [k@'rEnz@].
> I don't believe that s/j~g are attempts to write [Z]. I believe they
> are representations of [z] and [dZ]. Since Revivalists use those
> forms, and since the SWF also maintains the s/j distinction, I don't
> think it is in our remit to recommend something else.
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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