[Spellyans] gawas 'to get'

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 10:35:41 IST 2011


I didn't at first really like final <v>. 
If we take all those words which in CW and elsewhere end in <ve> we find, inter alia,

gwave 'winter'
have 'summer'
eve 'he, him'
creve 'strong'
neve 'heaven'
preve 'worm, reptile'
ove 'I am'
gove 'smith'.

We don't however use final silent -e, since that is a spelling convention derived from English. If we remove
the silent -e from these items, they become gwav, hav, ev, crev, nev, prev, ov and gov, the recommended KS forms.
Although they don't look like MC gwaf, haf, ef, cref, etc. they do have the merit of making clear
that the final segment is [v] rather than [f]. This avoids mispronunciations like me yw *goff hag yth *off *creff.
Spellings like hav, gwav, prev etc. also make the spelling
easier for those used to a LC orthography. 
They cannot be called untraditional because sporadic spelling like ev 'he', ov 'am' occur even in MC and CW:

ev yv pen cok RD 2017
mabe Jared yth ov heb gowe CW 2096

Nicholas

On 2011 Gwn 8, at 09:31, Ray Chubb wrote:

>> Ray, what you don’t like is the ‘look’ of final <dh> and <v>,

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