[Spellyans] i ~ y

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Feb 4 14:01:48 GMT 2009


On 4 Feb 2009, at 11:17, Jon Mills wrote:

> These examples supplied by Craig do not indicate that /θ/ and /ð/  
> are separate phonemes of Cornish between vowels. For that you need a  
> minimum contrast pair. For example, the pair, 'ether' and 'either'  
> demonstrate that /θ/ and /ð/ are separate phonemes of English  
> between vowels. I am not convinced that /θ/ and /ð/ are separate  
> phonemes of Cornish.

Synchronically, at least, they are separate phonemes in Revived  
Cornish. And have been for a century. And then there's Lhuyd.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com





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