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.
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.
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.
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