[Spellyans] Three schwas
njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 11:30:38 IST 2008
I have heard the i-coloured unstressed vowel in "wicket", for example,
referred to as schwa 2 to distinguish it from the turned e ("schwa 1").
On 22 Jul 2008, at 11:21, Jon Mills wrote:
> Today's speakers of Cornish do indeed tend to use the reduced vowels
> that you mention, Michael. The term 'schwa' is normally reserved for
> [@] (the turned e, U+0259). This practice is much the same as is
> found in English.
> Ol an gwella
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
>> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
>> Subject: [Spellyans] Three schwas
>> Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008 20:16:17 +0100
>> In our analysis of unstressed vowels, we have not
>> taken something acoustic into account. I don't
>> know whether Jon will like this or not, but it is
>> certainly something easily observed in Revived
>> There are three schwas. Standard schwa [@] (the
>> turned e, U+0259), i-coloured schwa  (the
>> barred i (with dot), U+0268), and u-coloured
>> schwa [}] (the barred u, U+0289).
>> tavas /'tav at z/
>> gwelys /'gwEl1s/ 'seen'; cf. gwelas /'gwEl at s/ 'saw'
>> arlùth /'arl}T/
>> where in the centre of the chart you find the
>> standard schwa and the barred-i
>> and the barred-u
>> Note that in English the same distinction
>> applies: "Rosa's" is /'roUz at z/, "roses" is
>> Actually I think the correct symbol for the
>> u-coloured schwa is an unofficial IPA symbol used
>> by the OED, barred-upsilon. Hm. I may have to
>> encode that.
>> 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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