[Spellyans] ou or ow?

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 14:52:25 IST 2009


Some of these may have been borrowed twice. Once from ME with /u:/ and  
again from NE with /ow/.
Since fowt is sometimes written <fawt >, I prefer to write it  <fowt>,  
with a diphthong.

Nicholas



On 20 Apr 2009, at 13:29, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Everybody,
> I’ve got a question concerning words that contain <ou>, <ov> and  
> <ow>. I realise that <u> and <w> are used interchangeably in Middle  
> Cornish, but can we make an educated guess as to whether the vowel  
> sound in the following words can be categorised with the phoneme / 
> ɔʊ/ or with the phoneme /uː/? The words below rhyme in MC verse,  
> but in which vowel sound?
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> dout ~ dovt ~ dowt
> stout ~ stovt ~ stowt
> rout ~ rowt
> clout ~ clowt
> out ~ ovt ~ owt
> fout ~ fovt ~ fowt
> rovtia ~ rowtya
> dovtya ~ dowtya
> stowtya
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> Thanks,
> Dan
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