[Spellyans] Mainly <yn>

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Fri Jul 25 23:22:22 IST 2008


In the sentence: "We spent all day, going to and fro."
 the word "to" is stressed.


Regards,

Andrew J. Trim





From: nicholas williams 
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2008 8:57 PM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Mainly <yn>


But too can be stressed and to can't. They are the same in origin, but not any longer. 


Nicholas


On 25 Jul 2008, at 15:28, A. J. Trim wrote:


  Michael Everson wrote:

  “

  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.

  ”

  In English, we have “to” and “too”. These have differing functions in sentences. The spelling distinction however is only a hindrance to learners. We would have been better off if we had just the one spelling for both.

   

  Regards,

  Andrew J. Trim

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