[Spellyans] gawas 'to get'

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at unesco.org
Thu Sep 8 09:26:45 BST 2011

That sounds like a most plausible explanation.







From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of nicholas williams
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Manx and Cornish have pre-occlusion for the same reason, I think. Both are Celtic languages in the mouths of Germanic speakers.

The Gaelic of Man was spoken by imperfectly gaelicised Norsemen. Middle Cornish was the language of people many of whom had until fairly

recently been speaking West Saxon, but who became reCelticised after the Norman conquest.

The natural way for English speakers to pronounce a long n is to make it dn. Similarly with long l.

The Irish of Munster has no distinction between l and L so the name Domhnall is Dónal and this appears in English as Donal.

In the Gaelic of Scotland the same name has a long L and appears in English as Donald.




On 2011 Gwn 7, at 22:31, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

That is strange regarding the pre-occlusion in Manx.  


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