[Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish

Jed Matthews ebost.truru at googlemail.com
Tue Jul 19 02:55:06 IST 2011

So the y in KS flehyk and the i in SWF flehik could be pronounced as schwa
just as it can be in lebmyn and kegin then?

I'm trying to establish whether the diminutive suffix -ik was pronounced
with a schwa in LC just like you have proved that non-diminutive words
ending in -ik (like nadelik) and other endings like -in (kegin) were, or
whether it was a special case that retained the proper i sound in LC.


On 18 July 2011 17:37, nicholas williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't see your purpose of your question. *Nadelik* < *Natalicia*, *
> medhek* > *medicus*. The original -*ic*- in the Latin borrowings is
> phonetically identical with the the origin of the -*yk* suffix.
> I just wanted to point out that -*yk* can alternate with -*ak*. That means
> that the distinction between *ik*/*yk* and *ek*/*ak* is not phonemic.
> Nicholas
> On 2011 Gor 18, at 17:19, Jed Matthews wrote:
> Thanks for the examples, but do Nadelik, lowenek and medhek contain the
> diminutive suffix in their etymology?
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