[Spellyans] Interesting Ushant Breton feature

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at unesco.org
Thu May 3 13:04:28 BST 2012

Hello Linus,


I think there are some remains of [ð] around Pondi/Pontivy.


And I have heard it from a speaker from near Gwaien/Audierne: imperative /’a:zeð/ ‘asez-‘ “sit”.


While not very widespread, the question is probably underresearched.






From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Linus Band
Sent: 03 May 2012 14:01
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: [Spellyans] Interesting Ushant Breton feature


Hello everyone,


I am working on my MA-thesis about the historical phonological changes that led to the Ushant dialect at the moment, and am therefore using the Nouvel Atlas Linguistique de la Basse-Bretagne (or NALBB in short) by Jean Le Dû for a part of my research. On map 572-575 there is an interesting feature that I'd like to share with you:


572: [ọ zaːt] and [ọ ðaːt] 'my father' (StB ma/va zad);

573: [ọ mãm] 'my mother' (StB ma/va mam);

574: [ọ zyːt] 'my parents' (StB ma/va zud);

575: [ọ ˈɣẹːrẹnt] 'my (blood) relatives (StB ma/va c'herent).


This is the only Breton dialect with o 'my' instead of ma or va. It is also one of the only dialects that has retained [ð] as a phoneme (at least with some speakers still). 

I find this very exciting! But that might just be me :P




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