[Spellyans] iw

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sat Nov 20 10:21:32 GMT 2010


Dyw and dew are not kept separate in the texts for the most part.
In order, however, to be closer to UC we write dyw with feminine nouns.
Although I always write dewla 'hands'.
There is no difference between <iw> and <yw> and thus there is no need to spell them differently.

Nicholas.

On 2010 Du 20, at 07:53, A. J. Trim wrote:

> I thought that you were recommending <dew> "two" for both masculine and feminine. Has that changed?
> 
> I don't regard the difference as significant but some people believe that there is a real difference between <iw> and <yw>. Perhaps we should recommend that they write their supposed difference as <yu> and <yw> instead.
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Andrew J. Trim
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: nicholas williams
> Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 10:38 PM
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] iw
> 
> <iw> is not found in Cornish. It is therefore not justifiable at all.
> One should write pyw 'who' and dyw 'two' (feminine); end of story.
> <iw> is George's ideal based on Lhuyd, who actually wrote iu with a dot under the u.
> <iw> has no place in any traditionally based orthography for Cornish.
> 
> Nicholas
> 
> On 2010 Du 19, at 21:29, Michael Everson wrote:
> 
>> The distinction between <iw> (which is unattested in Cornish and is justifiable only by Breton <iv>) and <yw> is a fiction.
> 
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