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

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Fri Nov 21 12:49:53 GMT 2008


On 21 Nov 2008, at 12:44, <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:

> As so many words ending in -ys are spelt -ijs, -yys, -is, or -yes in  
> the texts, and as doubling the vowel was used to indicate a long  
> vowel, and adding an e could be used for the same, why do we think - 
> ys  was pronounced short, i.e. [Iz]. Surely long but unstressed,  
> i.e. [i:s] or [i:z] is more likely.

Why?

I don't believe that there are any long unstressed vowels in Cornish.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com





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