[Spellyans] <y>, <i>, etc

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 09:59:30 IST 2008

yn and in are idential historically but not synchronically.
Cf. Irish ag 'at' and ag of the present participle. The first is  
pronounced eg (and is written aig in Scotland)
the second is ag, aig or a' according to position. Had revived Cornish  
(i.e. Nance) realised that
yn and in were synchronically distinct, we would not now have to  
endure *yn whyr (which
is not attested as first noticed by Caradar).


On 25 Jul 2008, at 09:50, Michael Everson wrote:

> At 08:42 +0000 2008-07-25, Jon Mills wrote:
>> Like Andrew, I too consider YN (preposition) and YN (adverbial
>> particle) to be the same lexeme.
> Why does one cause mutation and the other not?
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