[Spellyans] January and other months.

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at unesco.org
Sat Nov 24 19:05:35 GMT 2012


Yes, I don’t think there’s any trace of “jenver” instead of “genver” in Breton, except, as Linus says, /ɟenvɛr/ in Vannetais. Which is due to the following front vowel.

December is kerzu (kerdu in Treger, NE)

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Linus Band
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	Wikipedia gives Breton Genver, which I'm told is pronounced with a hard /g-/, at least in one of the dialects. By contrast, <gw-> in a word like Gwener, so I'm told, is pronounced with either /gw-/ or softened to /jw-/ (a soft French-style /j-/) depending on dialect. I have no idea whether or not Breton <ge-> can soften in a similar way.

	 

 In the Vannetais dialect of Breton we find that gw-, g-, kw-, k- before front vowels (e, i) have been changed to dʒɥ-, dʒ-, tʃɥ-, tʃ- ([dʒ] is the sound of g- in George, [tʃ] the sound of ch- in change, [ɥ] as u in French ennuier 'to annoy'). But this dialect group is as far away from Cornwall as one can be in the Breton speaking world. 

 

Linus

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