[Spellyans] Final 'dh' and the yogh

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue Oct 21 11:17:32 IST 2008


On 21 Oct 2008, at 14:52, nicholas williams wrote:

> My own view is that we have an alternation between stressed voiced  
> and unstressed unvoiced: ladh/bedh/scoodh but deweth/dewscoth and  
> that this is also found in genef/esof but hav, ov. The same thing is  
> also seen in carrek, galosek, mab, morrap but gleb but gwag, wheg,  
> gleb.

I share this view.

> I will not write *genev or *gwragedh and no-one should have to. The  
> SWF writes diuedh but nowyth (Welsh diwedd and newydd)! Why nowyth  
> is different from other words with unstressed vowel + dh we are not  
> told.

I believe, quite honestly, that it was thought that noweth was a  
shibboleth for us and that it would keep us happy. But perhaps they  
really didn't care if we were happy or not.

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





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