[Spellyans] The Cornish for 'cousin'

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Wed Jul 30 11:35:21 IST 2014


On Jul 30, 2014, at 12:30 AM, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 29 Jul 2014, at 06:14, Daniel Prohaska <daniel at ryan-prohaska.com> wrote:
> 
>> There's nothing "guttural" about ‹yw›. It's easy it[’s] the vowel in "bit" combined with the vowel in "put”.
> 
> Or the vowel in “beet” combined with the vowel in “put”. 

No. I intended to explain [ɪ] + [ʊ], not [i] + [ʊ]. Since spellings ‹yw› 'is' and ‹ew› 'is' and their respective variants (yv, yu; ev, eu) are attested it is unlikely this word would ever have had [i] as the onset and nucleus of the diphthong.
Dan





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