[Spellyans] <y>, <i>, etc
everson at evertype.com
Fri Jul 25 14:25:26 IST 2008
At 12:53 +0100 2008-07-25, Jon Mills wrote:
> > At 09:01 +0000 2008-07-25, Jon Mills wrote:
>> > The mutation is caused by its grammatical function.
>> Then it has developed into a new lexeme regardless of its origin.
>> This is a linguistic split.
>It is grammatical not lexical.
I disagree. It seems to me that the preposition which does not mutate
has developed into an adverbial particle which mutates. Minimal pairs
might not be easy to find, but "in gwydn" might be 'in white' ("she
was dressed in white") and "yn whydn" might be 'whitely' -- not to
use the "in gwir"/"yn whir" example, though distinguishing the two
might help to stamp out the latter error, because in the phrase "in
gwir" the first element is known to be the preposition which does not
mutate, not the adverbial particle which does.
And I think distinguishing the two in an orthography is a useful aid
to learners, regardless of whether the distinction was made in
spelling the particle in traditional Cornish.
We have proposed that <i-> be used in general -- and specifically
inclusive of the preposition "in" -- and that <y-> be used for a
small range of other function words. Since "yn" functions as an
adjectival particle and mutates, it is neatly classed with those
Nicholas has told me that the lack of distinction in spelling in
Irish between "ag" and "aig" causes constant error among students. To
respond to Eddie here: this distinction *can* be easily made, and
logically, and without causing any trouble to the system. It can only
assist learners. I don't see anything "wrong" with this and don't see
your examples (such as "ow") give cause enough to spell the adverbial
particle <in> along with the preposition.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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