[Spellyans] redistribution of <i> and <y>

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Thu Jul 24 14:31:08 IST 2008

Geoff Boycott, a Yorkshireman, pronounces it "wikeet".


Michael Everson wrote:
> At 10:39 +0100 2008-07-24, nicholas williams wrote:
>> If I understand him, Lhuyd seems to be saying that the historic -ys 
>> is either [Ez], [Iz] or [aZ]
>> and it does not seem possible to see why one is used rather than one 
>> of the others.
>> Since the -ek ending in Late Cornish is either -ak or -ok, it would 
>> seem that reduced -ek can
>> acquire u-colouring. 
> We find the same thing in English dialect. "Wicket" in New Zealand is 
> pronounced as though it were what we would write "weckut".
>> There are problems with you suggested spellings. The form <nowothow> 
>> is attested seven times. The plural
>> of bedneth, baneth is <bannothow> and of molleth <mollothow>. Are 
>> you therefore
>> suggesting that we write *<nowoth>, *<bednoth> and *<mollothow>?
> Here would fall *tavos/tavosow. But for this word I don't see a 
> strong case for the retention of -es (etymologically expected or 
> not). Perhaps the final -th "protects" the -e- in noweth, bedneth, 
> molleth?

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