[Spellyans] eCornish practise

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 18:44:33 GMT 2016


I don’t think so. If Middle Cornish -s- (pronounced [z]) became zh, how do you explain the countless examples of -z- in Late Cornish?
Here are some examples of intervocalic -z- in Late Cornish:

gormollow Eaue gen owyn preezyo eaue A Rage John Boson
preezyo gormall ha beniggo e hannawe da stella John Boson
ha gaue do ny gen pehazo John Boson
Deu a Couzas an geryou ma John Boson
ha vedne dry pehazo an Tazo war an flehas Thomas Boson
es yn barth chy thy darazou JKeigwin
E ma reaze gennan thu keneffra lazoan JKeigwin
dehilianz a’n pehazow Pryce.

And how do you explain the following where <s> must represent [z]?

rag car dr’eeg an Sausen e thanen en pow idden ma NBoson
durt an Sausen, metessen NBoson
en Collan an Pow na eu an Curnooack mouyha Cowsez NBoson
Whelas tees tha trehe kesow Pryce
Menja Tiz Kernuack buz gasowas JTonkin
meth ewe da gene gasawaz than peath A eze laverez TBoson
Casek mar ha eball Bilbao MS
both Dew ol gallouseck JKeigwin
malga boaz composez a ve cowsez gen Arleth neue Kerew
Nèna a ve composez a ve cousez gen Jerman an Prophet Kerew
Malga e boaz composez ave cowsez gen Dean Deew Izias Dellma Kerew
ha Pouesaz an seithas dydh Gwavas MS
Me rig scantlower clowes eden ger sowsnack cowzes en cock rag sythen warebar William Bodinar..

Not much sign of j or zh there.

Nicholas

> On 24 Jan 2016, at 16:47, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> 
> Well, I think it's a general feature of Late Cornish that MC -s- in such a position becomes -j- (/zh/).  

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