[Spellyans] The quantity system

Owen Cook owen.e.cook at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 12:24:57 BST 2008

2008/6/24 Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com>:
> With regard to Cornish then, if one wants to argue for either 2 or 3 vowel lengths, minimal contrast
> sets (extracted from the historical corpus) need to be presented. But even this method is
> questionable because the corpus is written and the actual pronunciation of any forms contained
> therein is conjectural.

Yes, and Lhuyd's transcriptions certainly only indicate two vowel
lengths -- long, indicated with a circumflex, and short, sometimes
indicated with a pleonastic grave accent. By Lhuyd's time, the
distribution of length was unpredictable even in penultimae.


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