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

ajtrim at msn.com ajtrim at msn.com
Fri Nov 21 22:42:51 GMT 2008


I didn't believe that there were any long unstressed vowels in Cornish,
either.
However, these words do appear to be written with long vowels and in a place
where we expect them to be unstressed.

Regards,

Andrew J. Trim


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From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 12:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] y-umlaut in 'Beunans Meriasek' ?

> 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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