[Spellyans] tavas

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Thu May 16 11:01:48 IST 2013


I just tried doing what you suggested and the results sounded remarkably
strangled!
Jan


On Thu, May 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>wrote:

> 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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