[Spellyans] Final dh and ascetics

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Fri Nov 19 17:48:58 GMT 2010

No, I said that we could conclude that final dh is just not Cornish.   
In other words the scribes would not be thinking to represent dh in  
final position in any way.  That does not mean that they were not  
pronouncing it but, as we can see from this forum, there is a lot of  
uncertainty about where it should be pronounced in modern Cornish.

On 19 Du 2010, at 15:00, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Ray,
> If you look at it from that perspective, then <dh> in general is  
> just not Cornish and we’d have to write <th> everywhere, whether we  
> actually said [ð] or [θ]. That also means that a learner of Cornish  
> wouldn’t know when to pronounce [ð] and when [θ].
> Dan
> From: Ray Chubb
> Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 10:52 AM
> “I except that there may not be many people who care as much as I  
> do about how what I write in Cornish looks like on the page.
>  Interestingly, though if we refer to the first part of Bewnans  
> Meriasek, where a yorgh is used to represent 'dh', (although  
> sometimes 'th'), it is never used in final position.  Nance resisted  
> using final 'dh' although I am sure that he would have been aware of  
> all the arguments for its use.  Perhaps he drew the same conclusion  
> as I do from Bewnans Meriasek i.e. final 'dh' is just not Cornish.
> On 18 Du 2010, at 09:26, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
> From the point of view of a user of UC and UCR I can understand why  
> you would consider final <dh> ugly. UC always wrote <th> in final  
> position and UCR accepted <dh> finally in stressed monosyllables  
> only. So maybe this is more a question of what you are used to  
> rather than a linguistic argument. Aesthetics are important because  
> people identify with an orthography, but I think we have to  
> compromise if we want to find an orthography that as many  
> Revivalists as possible can identify with and this will include  
> aesthetic and linguistic criteria; it will also entail a fair amount  
> of compromise on both sides to find workable solutions that will  
> make the/an SWF usable even when opinion concerning the phonological  
> base differ.
> Dan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Chubb
> Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:48 AM
> "From a user's point of view I consider final 'dh' to be simply  
> ugly, therefore the more that this disfigurement of Cornish script  
> can be avoided the better as far as I am concerned."
> Ray Chubb
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