[Spellyans] Mainly <yn>

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sat Jul 26 08:11:53 IST 2008


"To" has a tendency to be stressed in the terms lean-to and heave-to (at 
least, it is in this part of Britain).

Craig


A. J. Trim wrote:
> In the sentence: "We spent all day, going to and fro."
>  the word "to" is stressed.
>  
>  
> Regards,
>  
> Andrew J. Trim
>  
>  
>  
>
> *From:* nicholas williams <mailto:njawilliams at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, July 25, 2008 8:57 PM
> *To:* Standard Cornish discussion list <mailto:spellyans at kernowek.net>
> *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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