[Spellyans] gostoyth, gosteyth, gostyth

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Feb 23 17:07:46 GMT 2009

I do not believe we have unstressed diphthongs. If it is unstressed,  
it has to reduce in length.
<teyrgweyth> [ˈtɛɪrgwəθ] looks very wrong. Moreover, in KS, <ey>  
is [əi] not [ɛɪ]. So this word looks very bad to me.

On 23 Feb 2009, at 14:36, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Meur ras dhis, Nicholas,
> I go with <gosteyth> and <gosteythter>. This seems most plausible to  
> me. I have other instances in the dictionary where I give unstressed  
> <ey> as [ə], such as <teyrgweyth> [ˈtɛɪrgwəθ] (SAMPA  
> [“tEIrgw at T])., so this will be the form I will put in the  
> dictionary. Maybe [ə] ought to be [ɪ] in both?
> Dan
> From: nicholas williams
> Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 4:08 PM
> I am not sure.
> The word is <gustyth> twice in OM (lines 137 and 295).
> Tregear writes <gustith> at TH 12.
> It looks as though the word is < * wo-eks-têg-to or similar; in  
> which case the second
> syllable would be -ey- in MC when stressed, i.e. gosteythter. On the  
> other hand
> the unstressed -ith/-yth of gustith/gustyth would lead me to allow  
> gostyth as the basic form
> Perhaps the simplest thing would be to write <gosteyth,  
> gosteythter>. But gostyth cannot be considered wrong.
> What do you think, Dan?
> Nicholas
> On 22 Feb 2009, at 12:36, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
> Nicholas, in the Bewnans Kespecific vocabulary section you give the  
> reconstruction *gosteyth and in your dictionary the adjective  
> gostyth and the noun gostythter with derived meanings. Should they  
> begosteyth and gosteythter in the SWF?
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