[Spellyans] RLC <h> for <gh>

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Thu Jun 26 16:49:35 IST 2008


Lhuyd takes great care to note the differences between Cornish and Welsh and frequently comments on them. In fact you could say that is the whole point of Archaeologia Britannica, to demonstrate the similarities and differences between the Celtic languages. It was Archaeologia Britannica that established that these languages form a family.
Jon


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] RLC <h> for <gh>
> Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:16:15 +0100
> 
> 
> At 14:52 +0000 2008-06-26, Jon Mills wrote:
> 
> > I have so far been unable to find a minimal contrast pair for 
> > Lhuyd's <dh> and <th>. This suggests that in 17th century 
> > Cornish, [D] and [T] are allophones, not separate phonemes.
> 
> I don't know that that'd be so. Lhuyd will have had interference from
> Welsh which may muddy the waters somewhat.
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> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent


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