[Spellyans] 'gwlas'

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Tue Apr 10 16:10:24 IST 2012


On Apr 10, 2012, at 11:15 AM, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> How was the GWL 'gwlas' pronounced?  And the WL of its lenited form?

I should think as a short non-syllabic /u/ similar to Welsh in ‹gwneid›. 

> The following historic spellings for 'Land's End' are of interest:  Pen an ulays 1504;  Penwolase c.1540; Pedden an Wolas, Pedn a Wollaz c. 1680; Pedn an Woolaes 1754.  (The <ay> of 1504, and <ae> of 1754 are the Late Cornish long A, like the <ai> of "air").
> 
> The 1504 <ulays> suggests to me that -las might have been preceded by a very short, or weak, "oo" sound, as in "wool", perhaps as briefly spoken as the Y of <yma>.  What do others think?
> Craig

Yes, I should think something like that.
Dan





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