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

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Jul 25 12:34:00 IST 2008

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] <y>, <i>, etc
> Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 10:51:06 +0100
> ....

> I believe that KS will spell the preposition which does not cause
> mutation as "in". This is a very common spelling for this preposition
> in the traditional texts -- nothing inauthentic about it, though it
> may be unfamiliar to users of Nancian Cornish because he didn't use
> the letter "i" at all (an inauthentic choice of Nance's). This also
> has the advantage of increasing the use of "i" which can please some
> RLC users. 
> ....
> And KS will
> spell the adverbial particle which does cause mutation as "yn".

Why? Why spell these 2 items differently? What purpose could that possibly serve? The traditional texts do not disyinguish them by spelling. There is absolutely no evidence that they should be pronounced differently. And your assertion that they are seperate lexemes is contentious.

Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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