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

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 14:49:56 GMT 2008


The variation between <ij>, <yy>, <ye> on the one hand and <y>, <i> on  
the other is probably etymological.
I cannot believe that the unstressed syllable in, say, temptys, sawys,  
ledys was long.
An examination of rhymes and LCornish spellings would, I think,  
indicate that the syllable was short.

Nicholas

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

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

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