[Spellyans] A little essay for "Penny"

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 21:57:36 GMT 2009

Fair enough. But why bother with him? Or any of them?

I had an email request (sent to others) from JL today about the  
Cornish word for beaver. I looked it all up immediately and sent a  
I suspect I was the first to answer. She replied to thank me.
We should cultivate the nice people (with the money) and ignore the  

Rather than bother to reply to people who don't want to be convinced  
(not that they really either believe KG or understand the question), I  
you get on with serious work and let the nasties fume alone. They have  
after all lost.

I have just done Ezekiel 27. Quite some vocab.

On 10 Feb 2009, at 21:41, Michael Everson wrote:

> On the off-chance that it may interest people here. I've said this  
> to "Penny Squire" (probably Pawl Dunbar).
> =====
> The recommended phonology of a language (how you should pronounce  
> it) may be different from what people actually manage, vis à vis  
> training and talent.
> A recommended phonology which is familiar has a higher likelihood of  
> attracting successful pronunciation than an unfamiliar one. English  
> speakers learn to speak Dutch more easily than they learn to speak  
> Vietnamese, because the underlying phonologies are very similar.
> The mainstream phonology of Revived Cornish (spoken by almost all  
> Cornish speakers) is similar to the phonology of English. Whatever  
> the phonology of the earliest Middle Cornish may have been, the  
> phonology of the language certainly changed under the influence of  
> the English language. It is unlikely that Dolly Pentreath or her  
> contemporaries were speaking English or Cornish with fortis and  
> lenis consonants; there is no trace of gemination in the English  
> dialects of Cornwall. A simple comparison with Ireland (where the  
> Irish language was similarly replaced) shows that the phonology of  
> the substrate language remains strong. You only need go to the pub 5  
> minutes from my house in West Mayo to hear Gaelic phonology, in the  
> mouths of speakers two generations or more removed from speaking  
> Irish.
> The phonology of Ken George's KK is just too alien for Cornish  
> learners to assimilate. Burden of proof is on the Kesva to  
> demonstrate how geminates have taken hold *anywhere*. We say they  
> haven't. If you say they have, *prove it*. It should be easy for  
> you, should it not?
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