[Spellyans] th/dh

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Mon Nov 22 11:06:57 GMT 2010

 From Nance's note, it looks as though Watson heard voiced th in  
'tardhak' and 'beswardhak' and unvoiced elsewhere.


On 22 Du 2010, at 11:01, nicholas williams wrote:

> It does nothing of the kind. The use of th for both the voiced and  
> voiceless continuant is in imiatation of English.
> In English heath has a final [θ] but Meath has a final [ð].
> The word mouth has a voiceless final segment if it is a noun and a  
> voiced segment if it is a verb.
> Ether has a voiceless medial <th> but either has a voiced one.
> There is often no way of telling from the spelling which is which in  
> English.
> The same is true of Cornish spelling, which is based on English.
> There is no evidence suggest that [θ] and  [ð] had fallen together  
> in Cornish.
> Nicholas
> On 2010 Du 22, at 10:37, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
>>  The widespread use of <th>, <ʒ> for both surely suggests that they  
>> may have fallen together as voiced [ð] internally (on the analogy  
>> of <-s-> [z]; <-f-> [v]); the precise details of final treatment  
>> between stressed and unstressed final syllables to be worked out,  
>> quite possibly [ˈ-ð / ˈ--θ] for both inherited /ð/ and /θ/.
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Craig Weatherhill

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