[Spellyans] 2013 SWF Review

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 22:34:21 IST 2013

does that mean that the singular should be <mynen>?

On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>wrote:

> On 18 Apr 2013, at 20:00, Daniel Prohaska <daniel at ryan-prohaska.com>
> wrote:
> > I should say the SWF does as best it can by giving ‹mynn› only, i.e.
> with a short vowel and no pre-occluded SWF/L variant **mydn.
> Let us examine this statement.
> 1) SWF uses <y> in stressed monosyllables for [ɪ] and [iː] (KK *[ɪː])
> 2) SWF uses <nn> which usually equates to ‹dn› but in a few cases does not
> (i.e it is ambiguous)
> 3) SWF uses ‹n› always for [n]
> SWF has the choice to write ‹mynn› which does give rise to erroneous
> pre-occlusion [ᵈn]
> SWF has the choice to write ‹myn› which might invite an erroneous long
> [iː] (KK *[ɪː])
> Which of these is worse? It's a judgement call. But since many speakers of
> revived Cornish pronounce ‹y› as short [ɪ] generally, an error with that
> vowel can often be anticipated. But we know that ‹mynn› produces an error
> for RLC speakers. I would say that the SWF would be better off writing
> ‹myn› than ‹mynn›.
> 1) KS uses <y> in stressed monosyllables for [ɪ]
> 2) KS uses <ÿ> in stressed monosyllables for [iː] (KK *[ɪː]) alternating
> with [eː]
> 3) KS uses <nn> which always equates to ‹dn›
> 4) SWF uses ‹n› always for [n]
> KS can write ‹min› [miːn], ‹mÿn› [miːn]~[meːn], ‹myn› [mɪn], ‹mynn›
> [mɪᵈn]~[mɪn] and every time you see a spelling you know what the
> pronunciation is to be. That improved on the principles which KS inherited
> from the SWF.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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