[Spellyans] the pronunciation of <hegar>
ray at spyrys.org
Mon Feb 9 13:05:58 GMT 2009
From a purely practical point of view if we change the stress the
word will be misheard for 'hager' - ugly.
On 9 Whe 2009, at 12:40, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
> In his Gerlyvrik Ken George gives the pronunciation of hegar
> amiable, kindly as (X-SAMPA) [hE”ga:r], i.e. with stress on the
> second syllable. I’m not sure whether this ought to be the
> recommended or aspired pronunciation. The compound with the prefix
> he- (< Proto-Celtic *su- < PIE *h1su ‘good’) seems to be old,
> probably predating the accent shift. Breton and Welsh have the
> cognates W hygar and B hegar, both stressed on the first syllable
> (except Gwenedeg?). I should think that C hegar ought to be
> transcribed [“hEgar] (or for those who follow KK rules: [“hE:\gar]).
> I’d be grateful for opinions on the matter.
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