[Spellyans] Three schwas

nicholas williams 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").

Nicholas

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
> Jon
>
>
>> ----- 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
>> Cornish.
>>
>> There are three schwas. Standard schwa [@] (the
>> turned e, U+0259), i-coloured schwa [1] (the
>> barred i (with dot), U+0268), and u-coloured
>> schwa [}] (the barred u, U+0289).
>>
>> Examples:
>>
>> tavas /'tav at z/
>> gwelys /'gwEl1s/ 'seen'; cf. gwelas /'gwEl at s/ 'saw'
>> arlùth /'arl}T/
>>
>> See
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid_central_vowel
>> where in the centre of the chart you find the
>> standard schwa and the barred-i
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_central_unrounded_vowel
>> and the barred-u
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_central_rounded_vowel
>>
>> Note that in English the same distinction
>> applies: "Rosa's" is /'roUz at z/, "roses" is
>> /'roUz1z/.
>>
>> 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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