everson at evertype.com
Thu Nov 26 12:35:25 GMT 2009
On 26 Nov 2009, at 12:15, nicholas williams wrote:
> I do know all these arguments, but I am still unconvinced that lyw,
> livyow is "confusing".
That's because you've been speaking Cornish since you were 15 ;-)
> The present subjunctive of bos 'to be' in UC is byf, by, bo. In KK
> this is biv, bi, bo.
> No doubt in SWF, if a grammar is written, the paradigm will be biv,
> bi, bo.
> In KS this will have to be written biv, by, bo. The second person
> will perforce have y rather than i.
> In which case we will have biv, may fiv, etc. pronounced [bi:v, fi:v]
These forms need looking into; Jenner gives "bev (older byf, beyf)" so
there is a possibility that this one *is* a classical bes/bys/beys word.
> but liv "flood" pronounced [lIw].
No I am not necessarily suggesting that liv be pronounced [liʊ]; it
would be pronounced [liːv].
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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