[Spellyans] y-umlaut in 'Beunans Meriasek' ?

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Fri Nov 21 07:00:42 GMT 2008


Yes, that is how I understand it to be.

Craig


On 21 Du 2008, at 02:11, <ajtrim at msn.com> <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:

> In lines 139 & 140, we have:
>
> ke ha due pan vy plesyes myns may hyllen sur esyes
> This would indicate that <ij> is another way of writing <ye>.
>
> This is consistent with <ÿ> being another way of writing <ye>.
>
>
> In lines 229 & 230, we have:
>
> ahanas vs 3yn cowsys
> du asota mur presijs
>
> This would indicate that -sys and -sijs are pronounced the same, so  
> presumably, -syes would have had the same pronunciation too.
>
> I suggest that the <y>, <ij> and <ye> were all pronounced like <ee>  
> in English "see" (i.e. [i:]), but probably not stressed.
>
>
> In lines 555 & 556, filij rhymes with yly.
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Andrew J. Trim
>
>
>
> From: Eddie Climo
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:55 PM
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list
> Subject: [Spellyans] y-umlaut in 'Beunans Meriasek' ?
>
> An idle query: I'm currently reading the e-book edition of Whitley  
> Stokes' edition of Beunans Meriasek, which can be downloaded free of  
> charge from:
>> http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=meriasek
>
> An oddity that I've noticed repeatedly is the use of < ij >, as in  
> ll.314-316:
>
>> Ny yv plesijs hag a vyn
>> boys revlijs drethogh certeyn
>>    ha meriasek kekefrys ....
>
> In Dutch, as best I recall, this digraph is used as an alternative  
> for < y umlaut >. Might this be the case here as well, giving us:
>> plesijs, revlijs > plesÿs, revlÿs
>
>
>
> Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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