[Spellyans] tavas

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Wed May 15 11:44:33 IST 2013


Nicholas,

I thought that you were saying that the <v> in <tavas>/<taves> could have been a /w/. That would make the two opposite words (<tawesek> and <tavosek>) the same, so one of them should be spelt differently in case you are right.

Yes, it is interesting that Boson sometimes writes [w] as <v> but how do we know that he did not pronounce it [v]?
In each case, in your examples, it occurs after a vowel. It could have been a local variation. I think that similar local variations occur in Belgium.


Regards,

Andrew J. Trim.



From: Nicholas Williams 
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:21 PM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] tavas

Nobody has ever suggested that /v/ and /w/ were the same phoneme. 


It is interesting nonetheless that John Boson sometimes writes [w] as <v>, 
Me ri marci dh'eu rag goz Neudhou vorth an kenza Den Kernuak 'I give thanks to you for your news about the first Cornish man'
e.g. Den fir o vi 'You are a wise man'
na ellam lavar idn gear da vorth'an 'I cannot say one good word about them'


Nicholas


On 14 May 2013, at 16:44, A. J. Trim wrote:


  Clearly, <tawesek> is similar to <tavosek> but the meanings given are opposites.



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