everson at evertype.com
Thu May 16 10:34:18 IST 2013
On 16 May 2013, at 10:23, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> How do we know that it's "not correct"?
We know because we understand linguistic processes.
1. /y/ and /ø/ are rounded versions of /i/ and /e/.
1a. Put your lips in the position to say "oo" as in "spoon" and have your tongue say "ee" as in "street" and you will go from /u/ to /y/
1b. Put your lips in the position to say "oo" as in "spoon" and have your tongue say "ai" as in "strait" and you will go from /u/ to /ø/
2. We know that rounded vowels unround in many languages. Compare German Vögel [ˈføːɡəl] to Yiddish Fegel [ˈfeːɡəl].
3. We can see from the orthography in the MC and LC texts that this process operated in Cornish. There is no question of this. No linguist disputes it.
3a. Nance conflated both /y/ and /ø/ writing them ‹ü›, and I don't know why. Maybe he didn't like writing ‹eu› or ‹ue› for /ø/.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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