[Spellyans] i ~ y

janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Feb 4 16:47:51 GMT 2009

Could kitha (to scald) and kidha (to hide) be a minimal pair?

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From: njawilliams at gmail.com
Date: 04/02/2009 16:14 
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"<spellyans at kernowek.net>
Subj: Re: [Spellyans] i ~ y

Lhuyd writes: po kotha Lavar an Enez-ma 'or the older speech of this island' AB: 222. He also writes hui dho Kodha 'that you fall' AB: 250a.
It certainly looks as though Lhuyd distinguished intervocalic [T] from intervocalic [D]. I cannot believe he was simply basing himself on Welsh
in these items, since coth is not the Welsh for 'old', although cwyddo 'fall' is common.
So we have a minimal pair kotha ~ kodha. 

There is therefore a prima facie case for th ~ dh medially. Can those who deny the distinction in medial position prove their assertion?

I should like to see them do so. Suspicions and doubts are not enough. Proof please.


On 4 Feb 2009, at 15:53, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
but I am certain that this is a serious linguistic question about the phoneme inventory of Cornish from at least BM on.

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