[Spellyans] Pronunciation

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Sun Feb 12 15:33:56 GMT 2012


Christian, 
Have you had a chance to listen in to the first four lessons of my Cornish audio course. I'd be interested in what you think.
Dan

Here's the link:
http://www.kernewegva.com/deskikernowek.html



On Feb 11, 2012, at 10:06 PM, Christian Semmens wrote:

> For me, how a language sounds is an important part of its
> preservation. These sounds are heavily dented in revived Cornish in
> the mouths of many. There are those who seem to say that it is
> sufficient to be using the words alone, and effectively bugger the
> pronunciation (or largely make one up, in the case of Kemmyn).
> 
> Whether you need an unambiguous orthography or not depends upon your
> position on this matter. If you don't care what you sound like when
> you are learning, then any old orthography will do, as the way you say
> a thing is immaterial, KK simply invented one. As many Cornish
> speakers will rarely get the chance to actually speak to people or if
> they do usually only in their clique, that may matter little to them.
> I think the one of the important things to many new learners is that
> they use the "Official" orthography, although that does not exist,
> despite the attempts of KK and now SWF(KK) to masquerade as precisely
> this.
> 
> On the other hand if you wish to cultivate a sound similar to that
> used by the Cornish, an unambiguous orthography helps enormously.
> Especially for isolated learners. The use of IPA in dictionaries is
> also a very good step as this removes any trace of ambiguity (IMHO).
> OK, all you will ever get is a normalised pronunciation, rather than
> all the regional complexity the language used to have, but that is
> lost and anything else is better than English RP!
> 
> Regards,
> Christian
> 
> On 10 February 2012 17:43, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
>> For a Revived language, it would seem helpful to have a single thing for learners to learn.
>> 
>> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
>> 
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