[Spellyans] The quantity system

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Tue Jun 24 17:01:25 BST 2008

In the 2 pronunciations [Os'tri:@] and ['Ostrja] the word stress is placed on different syllables. So we have [i:@] in a stressed syllable and [ja] in an unstressed syllable. Given that ryal/rial is monosyllabic, the diphthong would, according to this rule, be [i:@]. However that implies that the diphthongs [i:@] and [ja] are in complementary distribution. If that is the case, then we can write <ia> for both and say that <ia> is pronounced [i:@] when it is word stressed and [ja] when it is word unstressed.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] The quantity system
> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 16:41:13 +0100
> At 15:04 +0000 2008-06-24, Jon Mills wrote:
> > Yes, I can see that these 2 diphthongs might be said to 
> > distinguish two distinct sets of verb endings. But what grounds 
> > are there for distinguishing them in word stems such as ryal/rial?
> We spell <Austrya> because it is not [Os'tri:@], but ['Ostrja]. Some
> consistency is needed; we have it if we distinguish <ia> and <ya>.
> Nance writes <ryal> with a long mark on the y. I read that as
> ['ri:@l] and would write it <rial>.
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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