[Spellyans] i ~ y

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Mon Feb 2 15:15:35 GMT 2009


Nicholas, 

Yes, you’re right. This is an unfortunate inheritance from KK in the SWF.
Ken George even says that unstressed KK <i>, <y> and <u> are pronounced the
same.

Dan

 

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From: nicholas williams
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 8:43 AM

“When in Lostwithiel on Saturday last for the Keskusulyans I saw a notice
bearing the legend in the SWF and in English: Megi difennys - No smoking.

In the Cornish the vowel <i> in Megi and in difennys have the same value as
the <y> in difennys. So 'to smoke' is megi but, say, 'smoked salmon' in the
SWF would be sowmen megys. Why does the SWF use different vowels for the
same sound?

Presumably because KK did and KK was based on Breton. But in Breton the
pronounciation of -iñ of the verbal noun and -et of the verbal adjective are
very different. In Cornish they have the same vowel: [I]. Shouldn't the SWF
really write:

megi, megis, difennis or megy, megys, dyfennys? The second series are the
spellings of KS.

Nicholas”

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