[Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Thu Jul 14 12:42:58 IST 2011

There is no distinction in RLC between the unstressed vowels <lebmyn> and <kegin>. Gendall gives both with [ə]. This is why I have postulated that MC unstressed /ɪ/ lowered and centralised to [ə] while MC unstressed /ə/ was ‘pushed’ further down to [ɐ], but the MC distinction of unstressed /ɪ/ : /ə/ was maintained in LC, with some individual redistribution.   

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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.
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.
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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