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

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sun Nov 23 14:03:33 GMT 2008


On 23 Nov 2008, at 12:59, <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:

> Anyone,
>
> How do we account for this variation in the spelling of <-ys> if the  
> sound of the vowel was simply that of a short <y>?

That's the way it goes in medieval orthography.

> Why would we have the spellings <yy> / <ye> / <ij> that suggest a  
> long vowel if it were short?

Cornish is not Finnish. Double consonants do not "suggest" gemination.  
Double vowels do not "suggest" length.

This error in thinking was the root of George's errors when he devised  
Kernowek Kebmyn.

>

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





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