[Spellyans] <gwredhen> or <gwreydhen> "root"?
njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 16:01:18 GMT 2009
When y in a suffix follows y in a diphthong in the preceding syllable
it is not uncommon for the diphthong to be simplified.
Examples include voydya > vodya, joynya > jonya, junya and defoylya > defolya.
I think gwreydhyow, gwredhya may be another example.
On 1/16/09, Owen Cook <owen.e.cook at gmail.com> wrote:
> Now, the Old, Middle and Tudor spellings we've seen do seem to me to
> imply a good deal of [@j] (with perhaps a variant [I] before yod). By
> Late Cornish, however, Lhuyd's got this as gwredhan, which pretty
> clearly ought to indicate [gwreD at n]. If there's alternation here, it
> seems to me that it should be:
> gwrÿdhyow, gwrÿdhya, gwrÿdh [Middle and Tudor]
> gwreydhen, gwreydhow, Trewreydhel [Middle and Tudor]
> gwrëdhen [Late]
> If I'm right, this is not a 'classic' bës/bÿs word at all -- it's the
> diphthong that throws the schema off. Small wonder that this
> irregularity should have been forgotten by Lhuyd's time.
> 2009/1/14 Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> rug screfa:
> > I should recommend:
> > gwredhen, gwrydh (KS gwrëdh), gwredhyow
> > gwredhya
> > Nicholas
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