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

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 16:02:45 IST 2008


Bennozh and bennigañ, although related, are different words.
The first is from Latin benedictio via *ben'dict-
the second is from benedico via *ben'dic.

Nicholas

On 24 Jul 2008, at 14:54, Koumanonff wrote:

> In Breton we have :
> nevez > neveziñ
> mallozh ['malOs] or ['mal at s] > mallozhiñ [ma'lO:zi~]
> bennozh ['bEnOs] or ['bEn at s] > bennigañ, bennizhien
>
> Stefan
>
>
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> > Message du 24/07/08 12:03
> > De : "Michael Everson"
> > A : "Standard Cornish discussion list"
> > Copie à :
> > Objet : Re: [Spellyans] redistribution of and
> >
> >
> > 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
> > >is attested seven times. The plural
> > >of bedneth, baneth is and of molleth . Are
> > >you therefore
> > >suggesting that we write *, * and *?
> >
> > 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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