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Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Mon Oct 11 11:51:22 IST 2010


Michael, 

I just saw you’d already replied to Jan’s post – great minds think alike – we used exactly the same examples for /y/. Funny.

Dan

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Everson
Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:03 AM

 

On 10 Oct 2010, at 15:12, janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk wrote:

 

> Kist/cist is fine for RLC pronunciation of the SWF. As I read my little  book of SWF, had it been a long vowel, pronounced -ee-, we would have to use an umbrella graph and spell it "kust"! (cf reeg/rug)

 

That's a misunderstanding, I'm afraid. 

 

"u" is used to represent words which have an alternating pronunciation, RMC /y/ ("wrug", like French "lune", German "grün") and RLC /i/ (wrîg in one RLC spelling). It's an umbrella graph because it serves both communities.

 

"oo" is an umbrella graph too, for words which have an alternating pronunciation, RMC /o/ and RLC /u/.

 

The SWF isn't very consistent, but in KS we also have mm/bm and nn/dn as umbrella graphs. If you see "nn" you know you can pre-occlude it; if RMC speakers see "dn" they know that they don't have to pre-occlude it. And we have ÿ/ë, which RMC speakers can pronounce /iː/ and RLC speakers can pronounce /eː/. And we have "â" in closed syllables where the vowel is long, which RMC speakers can pronounce /æː/ and RLC speakers can pronounce /ɒː/ (brâs). 

 

These things are pretty decent compromises given the two dialects of Revived Cornish.

 

 

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