[Spellyans] Cornish Orthography

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Sat May 29 21:46:07 BST 2010

Grassys, Michael!

If a sound is used in the language but isn't a 'phoneme' what is it, then? 
The example that springs to mind is the interchangability ( I assume!) in 
Japansese of r and l sounds. I  must confess that thouugh I could understand 
the basic phonetics we got taught I used to find the phonemic stuff much 
more abstruse!!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Cornish Orthography

> On 27 May 2010, at 22:31, ewan wilson wrote:
>> Finally, a question for the technical linguistic experts- how does one 
>> establish which sounds are phonemes and which are not?!
> One way is through the identification of minimal pairs, like English 
> pit/bit, sit/zit, thigh/thy.
> For Cornish we also have Lhuyd's description.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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