[Spellyans] 'swords'

Linus Band linusband at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 14:55:56 IST 2014


Do we have more examples of this compensatory lengthening? Or perhaps it is
an instance of haplography or hap(lo)logy?

Best,
Linus


2014-07-04 14:46 GMT+01:00 Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>:

> I am not so sure. I take *clethyow* to represent [kle'Di:jow] for an
> earlier [kle'DiDjow]. The second voiced continuant has been
> lost with compensatory lengthening. In which case Keigwin's *clethyow* is
> a late spelling of the attested form *clethythyow*.
>
> Nicholas
>
> On 4 Jul 2014, at 14:39, Linus Band <linusband at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> nteresting to see that the doublet *cleddyf* vs. *cledd* also appears to
> have existed in Cornish, as suggested by the plural *clethyow*.
>
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