[Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish

Jed Matthews ebost.truru at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 13 21:26:30 IST 2011


A useful distinction is that the y in lebmyn can be both ɨ and *ə*, but the
i in kegin cannot be *ə*. If the SWF had kegyn, LC speakers might pronounce
the y as *ə*, causing incorrect pronunciation.

Jed


On 13 July 2011 17:14, nicholas williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:

> So the SWF has *kelyn* 'puppies', but *melin* 'mill', though they rhyme
> perfectly.
> The SWF has *kegin* 'kitchen' but *megyn* 'we smoke' though they are an
> exact rhyme.
> On the other hand the SWF cannot distinguish *cost* 'coast' from *cost*'cost',
> nor can it tell *pur* 'snot' from *pur* 'pure'.
>
> Etymological spellings are unhelpful.
>
> Nicholas
>
>
>
> On 2011 Gor 13, at 17:04, Michael Everson wrote:
>
> The "reason" is claimed to be "etymological reconstruction" but as often as
> not it is just a reflection of distinctions made in Welsh or in Breton,
> imposed on Cornish by someone who admired those distinctions.
>
>
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