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Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Mon Oct 11 11:33:48 IST 2010


Instinctively yes, I would agree. I , too, pronounce it with a short vowel. The SWF is ambiguous where <y> is concerned; it can represent short [ɪ] or long [ɪː]. The vowel before /st/ is by default long in the SWF.

Dan

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Weatherhill
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2010 12:06 PM



"It is most certainly a short vowel.  The use of -i- in the SWF makes no sense.  However, people might cite the surname Keast where the vowel has become long, but there is a shortage of evidence to confirm kyst as the origin of this surname.

Craig"

 

 

 

On 9 Hed 2010, at 10:10, Michael Everson wrote:

 

> SWF gives kist but this must be [kiːst] according to the SWF's rules  

> of length. But Nance and Williams give kyst [kɪst], not *kȳst, and  

> Gendall gives kist [kɪst], not *kîst. A long vowel is incorrect  

> here; the spelling in SWF should be kyst; it is kyst in KS.

> 

> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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